An Israeli girl has been stabbed to death at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank by a Palestinian.
Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, who had US citizenship, was attacked as she slept inside her bedroom in Kiryat Arba.
A security guard who responded to the incident was wounded before the attacker was shot dead by other guards.
In Thursday’s incident, the attacker infiltrated Kiryat Arba before entering Hallel Ariel’s home, which is next to a fence surrounding the settlement.
Israeli media report that the girl was repeatedly stabbed in the upper body.
She was taken in a critical condition to the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem, where she died shortly after arriving, hospital officials say.
The security guard, believed to be a 30-year-old man, reportedly suffered multiple stab and gunshot wounds when he confronted the attacker. He is in a serious condition at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Ein Karem.
“The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
“The entire nation deeply identifies with the family’s pain and declares to the murderers: You will not break us.”
The US state department spokesman confirmed the victim had been a US citizen.