Palestinian stabs Israel soldier at Jerusalem checkpoint

A Palestinian woman walks by the Israeli separation barrier on her way to Jerusalem through the Qalandia security checkpoint, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP)

A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and West Bank city Bethlehem on Monday, police said, in the latest such attack in recent days.

The Palestinian had arrived at the checkpoint, which has separate lines for men and women, and "pulled out a knife and stabbed a military policewoman," a police statement said.

The suspected assailant was detained at the scene, and two other knives were found in her possession, police added.

Israel's emergency medical service Magen David Adom said the soldier was in moderate condition.

The attack came in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, during which Israel has eased some restrictions on Palestinian movement from the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem.

There has been sporadic Palestinian violence during Ramadan.

On Friday, a Palestinian opened fire at Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint before being shot dead.

On June 21, a Palestinian from the West Bank stabbed an Israeli policeman near Jerusalem's Old City before being shot. Both were seriously wounded.

In response, Israel revoked entry permits to residents of the Palestinian's village.

Two days earlier, on the first Friday of Ramadan, a Palestinian shot dead an Israeli hiker near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45