Palestinian carrying a knife arrested outside Hebron holy site
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Palestinian carrying a knife arrested outside Hebron holy site

Suspect detained at entrance to Tomb of the Patriarchs after Border Police officers discover concealed box-cutter

Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)
Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)

Security forces arrested a Palestinian man who tried to enter a holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron with a knife concealed on his person, police said on Thursday.

The suspect was detained by Border Police officers guarding the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

He was taken for questioning to determine his motives, the police statement added.

Police also released a photo of the box-cutter.

A knife found by Border Police hidden under the clothes of a Palestinian man who was detained outside Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs on March 5, 2018. (Border Police)

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a frequent target for attempted stabbing attacks.

In February, two similar arrests were made within 24 hours after a 23-year-old Palestinian man and a 15-year-old teenager were separately found to be holding knives while attempting to enter the site

In January Border Police officers made similar arrests of a Palestinian man and woman in two separate incidents at the site, after finding knives on their persons.

A Palestinian teen was arrested trying to enter the holy site with a knife in December, and in November two 17-year-old Palestinians were also detained after each attempted to smuggle a knife into the site in two separate incidents a day apart.

Jacob Magid contributed to this report.

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