Palestinian held after trying to stab soldier in West Bank

Incident takes place at IDF checkpoint near Tulkarem, army says; no injuries reported

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An armed Palestinian man was detained at a checkpoint in the West Bank Monday morning after attempting to stab an IDF soldier, the army said in a statement.

The incident took place at the Nitzanei Oz crossing near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, and there were no injuries.

“Forces at the scene stopped and apprehended the suspect and he was taken for further investigation,” the IDF said.

The foiled attack came during a period of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and a wave of unrest in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

On Sunday, two Palestinians with knives were detained by the army near the West Bank settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem.

In a separate incident Sunday, Palestinians hurling rocks at cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy. The army said that incident took place at an intersection near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem.

The boy, who was struck in the head by shards of glass from the shattered window of the car he was in, was taken to a clinic in the nearby settlement of Efrat, Israel Radio reported.

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