A Palestinian terrorist on Sunday afternoon stabbed and killed Hadar Buchris, 21, of Safed as she stood at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.
IDF forces who responded to Sunday’s attack immediately shot and killed the suspected stabber, identified as Atzam Tuabata, a 34-year-old resident of Beit Fajar, near Bethlehem in the West Bank. According to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Tuabata did not have a criminal record.
Magen David Adom paramedic Zaki Yahav said that when he arrived at the scene he saw “on the sidewalk near the bus station a young woman in her twenties, who lay unconscious with stab wounds to her upper body.”
“Citizens at the site began to provide first aid and they were trying to stop the bleeding. We quickly moved her into the ambulance and we evacuated her to hospital on a respirator,” Yahav said.
Buchris was pronounced dead at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The head of Shaare Zedek’s trauma unit, Doctor Ofer Marin said that the woman had multiple stab wounds in her head and chest. She was not breathing when she arrived and did not have a pulse. The hospital’s medical staff was unable to revive her, Marin said.
It was the third such West Bank attack of the day and the second terror attack at the junction in the last four days. Three people were killed in a terror attack on Thursday, just around the corner from where the bus stop is located.
VEHICULAR AND STABBING ATTACK NEAR MISHOR ADUMIM
In the morning a Palestinian taxi driver rammed into an Israeli car and then stabbed one of its passengers, wounded the man lightly in the hand, in the area of the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, just outside of Jerusalem.
Police superintendent Rafi Cohen, from the Ma’aleh Adumim station, said that the Palestinian taxi driver hit the Israeli car on Route 1, by the Mishor Adumim junction around 10:15 a.m. in what police initially believed was simply a car accident. Still, police forces arrived at the scene, in light of the heightened security situation, Cohen said.
After it was hit, the Israeli car spun around and came to a stop on the side of the road, Cohen said. The driver and the passengers got out of the vehicle.
Then the taxi driver left his cab with a 20-centimeter kitchen knife, Cohen said.
The terrorist then stabbed and lightly wounded one of the passengers. Another one shot and killed him.
ATTEMPED STABBING ATTACK IN SAMARIA
Less than an hour earlier citizens and security forces killed a female Palestinian terrorist who attempted to knife Israelis as they waited by a bus stop and a hitch-hiking post, near the Hawara checkpoint just outside the city of Nablus in the West Bank.
Among them was former Samaria Council head Gershon Mesika, who ran over the terrorist with his car.
He had stopped at the bus stop to pick up hitch-hikers.
“I heard someone yelling, “terrorist, terrorist!” he later explained. “I looked up. I saw someone large running after a young woman. I didn’t think twice, I turned the steering wheel to the right, I pressed my foot onto the gas, and ran her over,” he said.
“She fell over and then security forces shot her,” he said.
His car, Mesika said, dropped slightly into a nearby ditch, but it was after he had already halted. He was not injured, he added.
There were two young women and two or three other people who were in the midst of getting into a car, he said.
It was his understanding, he said, that the terrorist had been dropped off in a car from Nablus, and then attempted to stab the young woman.
Avigail Shomriyah, 21, said that she had been at the bus stop attempting to hitch a ride to her college, when the terrorist attempted to stab her.
“I turned around and saw a terrorist with a large knife and murderous looking eyes. It was a very large knife. I ran in the direction of the soldiers, she ran after me. Then Gershon ran her over. Then they shot her,” Shomriya said.
“I continued to run, I was afraid someone would run over me,” Shomriyah said.
A resident of the nearby Itamar settlement had also stopped to pick up hitch-hikers, when the Palestinian woman took out her knife.
“I got out of my car. Gershon had already run her over. I shot her twice. Then a soldier shot her twice,” he said. “That is how my morning began,” he added.
Yossi Dagan, who now heads the Samaria Regional Council, said, “It is a shame that we in Israel have to deal with these scenes on a daily basis.
“We regret that this is our routine, but we can do nothing but praise that there are civilians like these,” Dagan said referring to Mesika.