IDF arrests Palestinian with knives at West Bank junction
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IDF arrests Palestinian with knives at West Bank junction

Teenager approaches army jeep with a blade in his hand, drops it before soldiers subdue him

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A knife recovered by soldiers from a Palestinian man who apprached IDF troops while carrying the blade at the Bein Anun junction in the West Bank, on January 1, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
A knife recovered by soldiers from a Palestinian man who apprached IDF troops while carrying the blade at the Bein Anun junction in the West Bank, on January 1, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

Soldiers arrested a Palestinian teenager who was holding a knife and walking toward their jeep in the central West Bank on Monday evening, the army said.

Officials who were at the scene said the 19-year-old man approached the vehicle at the Beit Anun Junction, near Hebron, and dropped a knife on the ground.

The soldiers who were in the jeep then subdued him without firing their weapons, the army said.

Searching him, the soldiers found a second knife in his possession.

The man was placed under arrest and interrogated briefly at the scene, before being handed over to law enforcement for further questioning, the army said.

No soldiers were injured in the incident.

Last Wednesday, police arrested a Palestinian teen who they said was trying to enter Israel illegally in order to carry out a terror attack.

The suspect, an 18-year-old woman, was turned away at the Qalandiya crossing near Jerusalem, and later tried to cross again using her 7-year-old sister’s permit. When she was refused, she began arguing with border guards and tried to force her way in, a police spokesperson said.

During subsequent questioning, she allegedly admitted to planning an attack in the Jerusalem area.

A source with knowledge of the case told The Times of Israel that she planned to buy a knife and stab a police officer. The woman, from the town of Qataneh, was jailed. Her name was not released by police.

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