December 7, 2023

An attempted stabbing occurred in the West Bank’s Sde Ephraim Farm – near the Neria settlement – on Saturday, resulting in the Palestinian terrorist being shot and killed.

The terrorist was shot and killed, and no casualties were reported.

The perpetrator drove to the location, exited his vehicle and tried to stab an Israeli passerby, who opened fire and killed the assailant. The Israeli man was not hurt in the incident, according to an Israeli military spokesperson, who named the terrorist as 42-year-old Tariq Maali.

This comes amid tensions boiling over in the West Bank, with Israel conducting its ongoing counterterrorism operation “Break the Wave,” in response to a series of terrorist attacks that killed multiple people in 2022. The military operation has seen more than 2,500 Palestinians arrested in the near-nightly raids it conducts, along with 171 Palestinians left dead in 2022 and another 18 since the start of 2023.

The Sde Ephraim Farm is an unauthorized outpost, established without the approval of the Israeli government on a hilltop that was part of the Palestinian village Ras Karkar – also called Risan. There have been frequent clashes between settlers and local Palestinians. An unarmed Palestinian man was shot and killed in 2021 after entering the outpost and attempting to break into a home in the area.

There was then an attempting stabbing in the same area one month later. Khaled Maher Nofal, 34, got out of his vehicle and walked toward the owner of the farm shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he was attempting to infiltrate the house.

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