A 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom yesterday by a Palestinian attacker who scaled a security fence and crept into the family home. 

Hallel Yaffe Ariel was murdered while she slept inside her house in Kiryat Arba, an Israeli settlement near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. 

The killer, identified by Palestinian authorities as Mohammad Tra’ayra, a 19-year-old from a nearby village, entered Kiryat Arba early on Thursday and broke into the Ariels’ house.

He killed Hallel in her bed and photographs released by the Israeli military showed blood stained across the floor and mattress in the child’s room. 

“She was stabbed many, many times. Mostly in her back,” said a doctor at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital, where she was treated.


Israeli security guards responded and the attacker managed to stab one of them before Tra’ayra was shot dead. The guard suffered moderate injuries.  

Hallel’s mother, Rena, said her daughter was on holiday from school and had been sleeping in “like all teenagers on vacation”.