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Palestinian caught trying to enter West Bank police station with knife

Israeli authorities say suspicious 19-year-old man detained, questioned at entrance to Binyamin station

A knife found on a 19-year-old Palestinian man outside the Binyamin police station in the West Bank on July 2, 2018. (Israel Police)
A knife found on a 19-year-old Palestinian man outside the Binyamin police station in the West Bank on July 2, 2018. (Israel Police)

A Palestinian man was detained on Monday after trying to enter a police station in the West Bank with a knife.

The 19-year-old raised security guards’ suspicions at the entrance to the Binyamin station at the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone, north of Jerusalem, police said in a statement.

When they searched him, they found a knife in his possession.

The suspect was subsequently detained and questioned by officers.

Attempted attacks by Palestinians throughout the West Bank have decreased in recent months after near-daily occurrences during the so-called “knife intifada” which began in September 2015.

In the following two years, some 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans, an Eritrean national, a Palestinian man and a British student were killed in stabbing, shooting and vehicular terror attacks by Palestinian assailants. In that time, more than 270 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to Israeli authorities.

The spate of Palestinian terror attacks was also dubbed the “lone wolf” intifada, as many of the attacks were carried out by individuals who were not connected to any terror group.

Though the wave of attacks has mostly subsided, there have been sporadic attempted stabbings and car-rammings in the West Bank.

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