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Palestinian allegedly tries to stab West Bank checkpoint guards, is arrested

Police say suspect attacked security personnel at Qalandiya checkpoint with a screwdriver after being denied entry to Israel

Illustrative: Border Police officers deploy at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem after an apparent stabbing attack, September 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Illustrative: Border Police officers deploy at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem after an apparent stabbing attack, September 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A Palestinian man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of trying to stab Israeli guards with a screwdriver at a West Bank crossing.

The suspect, a 51-year-old from Nablus, arrived by foot at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, but didn’t have a permit to enter Israel, according to police.

After being denied entry, the suspect pulled out a screwdriver and tried to attack one of the guards, police said.

He was taken in for questioning after his arrest.

One of the guards suffered a light scratch to his neck, according to the Walla news site.

The incident came amid an uptick in violence in the West Bank in recent weeks, including a deadly terror attack in which an Israeli woman was murdered, numerous cases of Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli cars, and several attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and Israeli security forces.

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