Palestinian woman killed in alleged stabbing attack against Israeli troops

(JTA) – Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian woman who tried to stab a soldier in the West Bank, the Israeli military said.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the incident took place at a checkpoint near the Palestinian village of Anabta, 25 miles north of Jerusalem, Army Radio reported Thursday. The soldiers felt the woman posed an immediate threat, the IDF said.

A report on the incident by the Palestinian Maan news agency did not name the woman.

Approximately 200 Palestinians and more than 20 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of a wave of attacks and rioting by Palestinians in September. The violence has been steadily declining since January, dropping from 620 attacks in October to 115 in April – the first month in half a year with no fatalities among victims of terrorist attacks.

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