A Palestinian woman was arrested Saturday after she pulled out a knife and headed toward a Border Police force in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.
The troops identified her intentions, drew their weapons and called on the woman to halt. The suspect came to a sudden stop without any shots fired, and threw the knife to the floor.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site considered holy to both Jews and Muslims.
The woman, who is reportedly a resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by security forces.
On Friday, Israeli security forces raided the West Bank home of a suspected terrorist, a day after a combination shooting-stabbing attack that left five people injured in the central city of Petah Tikva, the army said. The forces confiscated the work permits of family members of the alleged assailant, identified by Palestinian media as 18-year-old Sadeq Nasser Abu Mazen from Beita al-Foka, a village south of Nablus.
In addition, the army also arrested six people in the northern West Bank as part of a crackdown on Palestinians who illegally enter Israeli territory, normally for work, a spokesperson says. Some of these “illegal infiltrators” have also carried out terror attacks inside Israel.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli troops picked up 10 more Palestinian suspects who are believed to have taken part in so-called “popular terrorism,” a catch-all term referring to rock throwing and taking part in violent protests.