Palestinian, 19, Kills 13-Year-Old in West Bank Settlement

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian youth leapt over a fence surrounding a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and stabbed and killed a teenage girl on Thursday before he was shot by a resident, the Israeli military and the news media reported.

The assault in the settlement of Kiryat Arba was the latest in a series of violent attacks that began eight months ago and that have left over 30 Israelis dead. More than 210 Palestinians have also been killed, most while carrying out attacks or when thought about to do so.


Israeli security forces last week near where a Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli troops, at the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

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June, however, has been a particularly deadly month.

The assailant was identified by Palestinian health officials as Mohammad Trayreh, 19, of Bani Naim, a sprawling town separated from Kiryat Arba by hills and a highway. He jumped over the settlement fence and walked to an isolated house where he stabbed the girl, identified by Israeli news reports as Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, in her bedroom. A photograph of the blood-spattered room was released by the Israeli military.

Mr. Tarayreh then stabbed one of the emergency medical workers at the scene before he was shot and killed. Ms. Ariel was rushed to a hospital, where she died. The medical worker was in moderate condition, Israeli radio reported.

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Last Friday, soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman who they said had deliberately rammed her vehicle into an Israeli car at the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

On June 21, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle, killing a teenager who was returning home from swimming, as they chased youths who had been hurling stones at vehicles and had wounded several people on a highway used by Israelis that runs through the West Bank.

The deadliest attack this month was on June 8, when two Palestinian gunmen posing as restaurant patrons opened fire on civilians in a Tel Aviv cafe, killing four.

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