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3 Palestinians arrested with blades in Jerusalem

While early reports indicate they planned to stab Israelis, police say they may be carjackers

Lee Gancman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of a police arrest (Matanya Tausig/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of a police arrest (Matanya Tausig/Flash90)

Three Palestinian youths were arrested Sunday morning close to a Jerusalem synagogue in possession of makeshift blades.

Police detained the three close to the Heichal Ya’akov synagogue in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, and initial reports indicated they may have intended to carry out a terror attack.

However, police said the investigation was ongoing and the three may have intended to use the blades to steal cars in the area.

At the time of the arrest, the synagogue was filled with worshipers saying morning prayers.

Photos circulating on social media appeared to indicate that the makeshift blades in question were broken pairs of scissors, with the handle wrapped in electrical tape.

In November of last year, two people were lightly injured in a stabbing attack near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, which was carried out by two female teens armed with scissors.

Both attackers were shot by security forces, with one pronounced dead at the scene and the other taken to an Israeli hospital in critical condition.

Police identified the two as 14- and 16-year-old cousins from northern Jerusalem.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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