Jerusalem — A 13-year-old West Bank girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager while she was in her bed.
Hallel Yaffa Ariel of the Kiryat Arba settlement was stabbed several times and died of her wounds at a Jerusalem hospital, where she reportedly arrived unconscious and not breathing on Thursday morning.
Civilian guards shot and killed the attacker.
A civilian guard of the community located adjacent to Hebron was stabbed while struggling with the attacker and also sustained gunshot wounds, with the Israeli media reporting that he was shot accidentally by other civilian guards who arrived at the scene.
A photo released by the Israel Defense Forces showed the bloodstained bed, pillows and rug in the girl’s room.
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The attacker was identified as Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, of the village of Bani Naim, adjacent to Kiryat Arba, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. He reportedly jumped over the fence to enter the settlement; the private home is located near the settlement’s security fence.
The breach set off an alarm and guards were already heading to the area when the attacker started stabbing the teen, according to reports.
Meeting after the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided to close off the village where the assailant lived and revoke work permits in Israel for members of his clan. They also launched the process to demolish his family home.
“The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “The entire nation deeply identifies with the family’s pain and declares to the murderers: You will not break us.”
Netanyahu said he expected the Palestinian leadership to “clearly and unequivocally” condemn the attack and to take immediate action to stop the incitement.