Palestinian teen arrested for attempted West Bank stabbing

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

Israeli security guards arrest a Palestinian teenager who the Defense Ministry says ran toward them with a knife at a checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel.

According to the ministry, the 15-year-old ran toward the guards from the West Bank side of the Gilboa Crossing. They called for him to halt and aimed their guns at him.

“The suspect stopped, lifted up his shirt [to show he was not wearing an explosive belt] and threw a knife away,” the ministry says.

The guards arrested the teenager, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, and handed him over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

The teenager appeared to be the relative of one of four suspected terrorists killed in a gun battle with Israeli security forces earlier this week.

The Defense Ministry later released a photograph of the kitchen knife that was in the suspect’s possession.

A knife that was in the possession of a Palestinian teenager who ran at Israeli security guards at the Gilboa Checkpoint in the northern West Bank on August 18, 2021. (Defense Ministry)

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