A female soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) was stabbed Monday at a military checkpoint that stands between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority-run city of Bethlehem.
The Palestinian terrorist, who was also female, was detained after the attack. While under detention, authorities found an additional two knives in the Palestinian terrorist’s bag, according to reports.
The Israeli soldier was immediately evacuated to a local hospital, and she is said to have suffered “moderate to serious wounds,” the Times of Israel reported. The Magen David Adom emergency services organization told the media that the female soldier suffered multiple stab wounds to her upper body, without elaborating further. Ynet news reported that she was struck in the neck during the knife attack.
Israeli Radio reported that the attacker was named Misun Moussa, a Bethlehem resident who had no prior substantial criminal record before carrying out the attack. Israel’s top domestic policing agency, the Shin Bet–which is tasked with a role similar to the United States FBI–has been put in charge of her case.
The Times of Israel reports that the stabbing attack marked the second major instance at a Jerusalem border checkpoint on Monday alone.
Earlier in the day, a 15-year-old was stopped by authorities after he tried to enter Israel with an assault rifles, authorities said. After a metal detector showed that the teenager had been carrying a submachine gun, police took him into custody for questioning.
An Israeli officer lauded the successful border measures to Israel’s NRG News.
“We are witnessing repeated attempts to harm our troops. Our soldiers are trained to deal with scenarios exactly like this one. Thankfully, we were able to prevent [an attack], before [it occurred],” he said.