Attack thwarted near West Bank checkpoint, IDF says
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Attack thwarted near West Bank checkpoint, IDF says

Knife and explosives found on suspect at site that has seen a rash of attacks in recent days; army closes crossing

Raoul Wootliff covers politics, corruption and crime for The Times of Israel.

Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/J alama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

IDF soldiers apprehended a Palestinian man armed with a knife and an improvised explosive device Tuesday morning next to the Gilboa Crossing between Israel and the West Bank, south of Afula, the army said.

Soldiers seized the suspect at the gas station next to the checkpoint. He was arrested and taken for an interrogation after the weapons were found on his person.

In the wake of the attack, the army announced that the Gilboa Crossing would be closed until further notice.

The crossing, situated on Route 60 north of the Palestinian town of Jenin, has seen several attacks in recent days.

On Monday two Palestinians attempted to stab a soldier at the same gas station. One attacker was shot and killed and the second one arrested, a police spokesperson said in a statement. There were no injuries among Israeli soldiers.

On Saturday, a Palestinian teen was shot and killed there by troops after he attempted to stab a soldier with a knife.

On October 24, a man selling Krembo snacks at the checkpoint ran at soldiers with a knife and was shot and killed.

The attack Monday was the latest in a spate of nearly daily stabbing attempts on soldiers and civilians in the West Bank in recent weeks, amid spiraling violence.

Most of the West Bank attacks have occurred along Route 60, a main north-south artery. The majority of incidents have been concentrated in Jerusalem and near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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