Border police on Thursday detained a Palestinian woman who they said was planning to carry out a stabbing attack at the entrance to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

Twenty-four-year-old Malika Kamal Imran had a 14-centimeter (5.5-inch) knife on her person and, when questioned, admitted that she had intended to perpetrate a stabbing attack against policemen and soldiers, police said.

The Cave of the Patriarchs has in the past been a flashpoint of violence. Most recently, in June, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing near the compound, which is held sacred by both Jews and Arabs.