Guards at a West Bank crossing foiled a planned stabbing attack on Saturday, arresting a Palestinian man, the Defense Ministry said.
The ministry said guards at the Reihan crossing in the northern West Bank had received information on the “attempted attack,” and arrested a Palestinian suspect who was found to be carrying a knife.
The man was taken for questioning by the security services, the statement said.
The incident follows an attempted attack before dawn when an Israeli security vehicle came under fire near the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, the military said.
No one was injured in the attack, though the car belonging to the settlement’s security team was damaged.
The IDF said it was searching for the shooter or possible shooters.
According to Kan news, the car was hit by three bullets from the direction of the Palestinian town of Deir Sharaf, and a total of four shell casings were found nearby.
The report said the driver was conducting a patrol along a road that circles the settlement.
Shavei Shomron is located in the northern West Bank, northwest of Nablus. The area has seen an uptick in shooting attacks in recent months.
פיגוע ירי ללא נפגעים בשומרון: מחבלים ירו לעבר רכבו של סייר הביטחון של שבי שומרון, שנסע בכביש ההיקפי.
לפחות 3 קליעים פגעו ברכב, הסייר לא נפגע.
כוחות צה"ל איתרו בזירה 4 תרמילי ירי. המחבלים נמלטו pic.twitter.com/qnPctURhNi
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The incident came amid escalated tensions in the West Bank, with Israeli security forces stepping up arrest raids and operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.