Sunday 4 December 2016

Manhunt as Israeli woman stabbed to death in her home

Daniella Cheslow

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

An Israeli soldier guards near the Jewish settlement of Otniel in the West Bank Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
An Israeli soldier guards near the Jewish settlement of Otniel in the West Bank Photo: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A Palestinian broke into a West Bank settlement home and fatally stabbed an Israeli woman before fleeing, triggering a massive manhunt.

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The attack occurred hours after another Palestinian was shot dead by soldiers after trying to attack them with a knife, the Israeli military said.

The latest incidents come amid a four-month wave of violence that Israel says is driven by Palestinian incitement and Palestinians say is rooted in frustration at decades of living under Israeli occupation.

In the later attack, the Palestinian slipped into the Otniel settlement, broke into the woman's home and killed her before fleeing the scene.

The woman was named Dafna Meir, a mother of six in her late 30s.

Otniel is located near Hebron, the West Bank's largest city and a frequent flashpoint of violence. Residents of the settlement hid in their homes last night as Israeli forces blocked roads and lit the sky with flares while searching for the assailant.

The military said no soldiers were harmed in the earlier incident, which took place near a base south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Also on Sunday, Israeli police cancelled a meeting planned at the Hakawati Theatre, the Palestinian national theatre in east Jerusalem.

A spokesman said the meeting was with the Palestinian Authority about the funding of the theatre.

Israel does not allow the Palestinians to conduct what it considers political activity in east Jerusalem.

Irish Independent

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