Israeli woman stabbed to death in Otniel settlement house
- 17 January 2016
- From the section Middle East
An Israeli woman has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian who broke into her house, Israel's army says.
Troops are searching for the attacker who fled the scene in the Jewish settlement of Otniel near Hebron.
Since October, 27 Israelis have been killed in stabbing, shooting or car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.
Some 155 Palestinians - mostly attackers, Israel says - have been killed in that period of unrest.
The woman killed in Otniel has been identified as Dafna Meir, a mother in her late 30s.
Security forces are hunting for the attacker using helicopters and military vehicles.
Roadblocks have been set up, residents were told to lock themselves inside their homes and flares lit the night sky as the manhunt went on.
Separately, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them near Nablus, the Israeli army said.
The assailant at a base near Nablus was Wissam Qasrawi, 21, from Mesilyeh village near the city of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the Associated Press news agency quoted Palestinian officials as saying.