A Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Judean community of Kiryat Arba, located outside of Hebron and fatally stabbed a 13-year-old girl in her bedroom with a knife, today, June 30.
She was at first listed in critical condition but later died of her wounds soon after the attack.
The attacker identified as a 17-19-year-old Palestinian resident of the Arab village of Bani Na’im, broke into the closed community by breaching its fence. He entered a home nearby the fence, found the teenage girl sleeping in her bed and stabbed her repeatedly in the upper body before Kiryat Arba’s
Israeli guards shot the attacker dead but not before he managed to stab one civilian security officer in the face. A Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic who arrived on the scene found the teenage girl, identified as eighth-grader Hallel Yaffe Ariel, unconscious and without a pulse. She was loaded into an ambulance but quickly succumbed to her wounds.
The wounded civilian guard, 30, was reported to be conscious and his injuries non-life threatening. He was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. His wife, a paramedic, was part of the responding MDA team.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah, in a statement, called on Palestinian leaders to condemn the attack.
“The horrific murder of an innocent girl in her bed sheds light on the bloodlust and lack of humanity displayed by the terrorists we are facing,” he said