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Palestinian arrested for attempt to stab soldier in Hebron

19-year-old said to have threatened infantryman with knife near Tomb of the Patriarchs; no injuries reported

Border Police on duty outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Border Police on duty outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

A Palestinian man was arrested on Friday for threatening to stab a soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

The 19-year-old was apprehended by security forces following the incident. No injuries were reported.

The individual is in police custody and remains under investigation.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a holy site in both Judaism and Islam, and is said to be the burial place of Abraham, his wife, Sara, and their descendants and wives, the Matriarchs. The Ibrahimi Mosque, a revered Salaheddine-era house of worship, was also built on the location.

The West Bank site has often been a point of contention between Jewish and Muslim worshipers.

Security forces at a Hebron checkpoint thwarted a stabbing attack last year after a 17-year-old Palestinian female carrying a knife admitted to planning an attack on soldiers guarding the tomb.

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