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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, November 8, 2015

Watch: Dramatic footage of Betar Illit stabbing attack

Original source

The Jerusalem Post

A civilian security guard on Sunday shot a female Palestinian assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded him, as he stood at his post, just outside the Betar Illit settlement, which is located a short distance away from Jerusalem.

The incident was caught on the municipalities security cameras. An emergency dispatcher had noted the Palestinian woman, 22-year-old Halva Aliyan from nearby Beit Lehem, which is just across the road from the settlement. She was dressed in traditional black garb, with a scarf covering her head walking toward the gate of the city, with a population of 47,000.

The dispatcher alerted the security guard who then stopped her and asked to see her identification card.

As the guard focused on checking her card, Aliyan slowly reached into her purse and pulled out a knife. She then lunged at the guard and quickly tried to stab him.

The security guard was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and the Aliyan was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Karem.

The emergency dispatcher believes that she was had planned to head to a bus stop inside the city so that she could attack people standing there with her knife.

He added that a scuffle brought out at the scene between Palestinians from the village across the road and residents of Betar Illit, that was broken up by security forces.

In light of the attack, the municipality decided to ask the Palestinian workers in the city to head home for the day.

In the morning Border Police shot and killed a terrorist who had rammed his car into a hitch-hiking post in the Tapuach junction. Five Israelis were injured in that attack, two seriously, one moderately and two lightly.