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Palestinian Woman Tries to Stab Soldier, is Shot Dead

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FILE - Israeli security forces stand guard near the scene where a Palestinian, who Israeli military said tried to stab soldiers, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Beit El checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 26, 2016.

FILE - Israeli security forces stand guard near the scene where a Palestinian, who Israeli military said tried to stab soldiers, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Beit El checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 26, 2016.

A Palestinian woman wielding a knife was shot dead as she tried to attack a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint on Thursday, the Israeli military said.

"Moments ago an assailant, armed with a knife, attempted to stab a soldier at a military post near the village of Anabta," the Israeli army said in a statement. "Forces responded to the immediate threat by shooting the attacker, resulting in her death."

This attack is the latest in a string of similar incidents which have left 206 Palestinians and 28 Israelis dead since October.

According to Israeli authorities, most of the Palestinians killed were attackers, bearing a knife or gun.

Such violence has declined in recent weeks but continues to be prevalent. Earlier this week, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy was arrested in Tel Aviv for stabbing a soldier.

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