An initial investigation shows that the Palestinian woman killed when she attacked and wounded an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Friday morning had had a row with her husband and decided to commit suicide, Channel 10 reported.
The mother of four rammed her car into a group of soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem, lightly injuring one, the army said. She was shot and killed by soldiers at the scene, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said in a statement. A knife was later found in her car.
Palestinian media reports later identified the attacker as Amani Husni Sabatin, 34, from the Palestinian village of Husan, near Bethlehem.
The victim was approximately 20 years old and sustained a leg injury. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, according to the Magen David Adom emergency services. The hospital said he was due to be released on Friday afternoon.
Upon searching the car, soldiers found a knife behind the steering wheel, indicating the assailant may have also planned to stab Israelis.
Gush Etzion Junction has seen a spate of attacks, many targeting soldiers stationed at the intersection. In November 2015, American teen Ezra Schwartz was killed in a terror attack at the site, along with Israeli teacher Yaakov Don and Hebron resident Shaadi Arfa. That month, Hadar Buchris, 21, was also stabbed to death at the site, which has been bolstered by a massive army presence in recent months.
Last week, Eliav Gelman, 30, was killed at the junction by errant IDF gunfire during a Palestinian stabbing attack.
Twenty-nine Israelis and three foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October. Nearly 170 Palestinians have also been killed — some two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops — according to the Israeli army.
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Friday, March 4, 2016