Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian teenage girl who was carrying a knife Sunday morning at the Tapuah Junction, near the central West Bank settlement of Ariel, where police said she was planning to carry out a stabbing attack.
The girl, 17, was ordered to halt after security forces noticed her acting suspiciously, police said in a statement. When she continued walking, a Border Police officer cocked his weapon in her direction. At that point, she stopped and raised her hands, and a knife fell to the ground, the statement said.
Police confiscated the blade, and the young Palestinian was transferred to a nearby security facility for questioning.
During her initial interrogation, she said she had planned to carry out an attack after watching “inciting videos” on social media sites, police said.
“The alertness, vigilance, and professionalism of the fighters apparently thwarted the intentions of the terrorist, who came to a distance of only dozens of meters from the bus stop, where dozens of settlers were making their way to schools and places of work,” the commander of the Border Police unit at the site said.
Overnight Saturday, IDF and Border Police forces operating in the West Bank arrested eight Palestinians. Four of the detained Palestinians were suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, while the others allegedly organized and took part in violent riots across the West Bank, the army said.
On Saturday, an 18-year-old Palestinian attempted to stab Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, but was stopped and arrested. No Israeli troops were hurt in the incident.
It was the second attack at Damascus Gate over the weekend. On Friday a Palestinian attacker was killed as he carried out a stabbing attack there that left three people wounded.
Earlier Saturday a 13-year-old was caught in Hebron with a knife which he said he had intended to use to stab soldiers. Troops found the weapon while searching the child at a checkpoint outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Since October 1, Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming attacks have taken the lives of at least 27 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean. At the same time, over 175 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, most while carrying out attacks but others during violent clashes and demonstrations.
Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.