IDF nabs suspect in attempted West Bank stabbing

Following manhunt, military announces arrest of a man suspected of trying to attack Israeli last week at Yitzhar Junction

Illustrative: IDF troops during a raid in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: IDF troops during a raid in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday announced the arrest of a suspect in an attempted stabbing attack last week in the northern West Bank.

No one was injured in the attempted stabbing, which was reported by an Israeli man who said he was attacked at the Yitzhar Junction.

“In recent days a manhunt has been conducted after the terrorist and a little while ago the suspect was arrest by IDF troops near Salim village,” a statement from the military said.

No information was provided on the suspect’s identity.

In surveillance camera footage of the incident that was shared on social media, a Palestinian man can be seen holding an unidentified object in his hand, as he tries to stab the Israeli man, Binyamin Cohen from the Beit El settlement.

Cohen could be seen fighting back, kicking the man and screaming, before running away and calling the police.

The incident came amid heightened tensions in the West Bank, where Israeli settlers and Palestinians have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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