The victim was Dafna Meir, 38, a wife and mother of six (including two adopted children). She was buried this morning in the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem.
Initial reports showed that Meir wrestled with the attacker, and in doing so protected the three of her children who were in the house during the attack.
The terrorist fled the scene before reaching the children, though Meir’s 17-year-old daughter Renana reportedly witnessed the attack.
Residents of Otniel, near Hebron in the West Bank, were advised not to leave their homes following the attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday: “In the name of all Israelis, I want to give strength to all the children of the family. All of us are hurting and share in the painful grief. We will find the terrorist, and he will pay the full price for this heinous murder”.
A pregnant woman was stabbed in Tekoa, southeast of Jerusalem in the West Bank, earlier today.
The victim, Michal Froman, suffered wounds to her upper body. She was reportedly in “moderate and stable condition” and her baby was unharmed.
Her attacker, a 15-year-old Palestinian, was shot by an armed civilian while fleeing the scene. He was evacuated to a hospital for treatment.
29 Israelis have been killed in violent attacks since October, with at least 280 wounded – 25 of them seriously.
Around 88 Palestinians have been killed in the act of terror, and at least 30 killed in violent clashes with Israeli police.