13-year old stabbing victim in Kiryat Arba was an American citizen

The U.S. State Department has confirmed that Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old American citizen was killed Thursday in Kiryat Arba in the West Bank after a Palestinian man broke into her bedroom.

“This brutal act of terrorism is simply unconscionable.” said John Kirby, assistant secretary¬†and department spokesperson,¬†Bureau of Public Affairs. “We extend our deepest condolences to her family. We also understand another individual who was responding to the attack was wounded by the attacker. We extend our hopes for a quick and full recovery.”