Border Police say they thwarted stabbing attack in West Bank
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Border Police say they thwarted stabbing attack in West Bank

Palestinian attempts to attack officer at Tapuah Junction south of Nablus, is shot and reportedly critically injured; no Israelis hurt

Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on January 7, 2019. (Israel Police)
Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on January 7, 2019. (Israel Police)

Border Police on Saturday morning shot and neutralized a Palestinian assailant who attempted to stab an officer at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank, south of Nablus, police said.

There were no reports of Israelis hurt in the incident. The attacker was reportedly critically wounded.

According to Channel 12 news the man, a 20-year-old resident of Sanniriya, aroused the suspicions of officers stationed at the junction. When several of them approached him, he fled.

One officer blocked the man’s way with a car, whereupon he pulled out a knife and attempted to open the vehicle’s door. The officer shot the suspect, incapacitating him.

A knife used in a stabbing attempt at Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on April 20, 2019 (Channel 12 screenshot)

The suspect was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment.

The West Bank and Gaza are currently under a nine-day closure for the entirety of Passover, as is standard practice during festivals and holidays.

During the holiday Palestinians are not permitted into Israel for fear of increased potential for attacks, though exceptions are made for humanitarian and other outstanding cases.

 

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