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Palestinian man arrested over pair of stabbing attacks near Jerusalem

20-year-old resident of Shuafat refugee camp taken in for interrogation, hours after latest knifing in Palestinian town of Hizme

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli troops are seen in the Palestinian town of Hizme, northeast of Jerusalem, March 3, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli troops are seen in the Palestinian town of Hizme, northeast of Jerusalem, March 3, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian man on Thursday afternoon for allegedly carrying out two stabbing attacks in the West Bank town of Hizme outside Jerusalem.

Police said the 20-year-old suspect was arrested in his home in the Shuafat refugee camp by Border Police and Israel Defense Forces troops, after they received information from the Shin Bet security agency.

On Thursday morning and on Wednesday afternoon two Jewish Israeli men in their 40s were separately stabbed in a store in Hizme under near-identical circumstances.

Both men were taken to a hospital in Jerusalem in moderate condition, according to medics.

According to the IDF and police, both stabbings appeared to be terror attacks, and were allegedly carried out by the suspect.

He was taken for further questioning by the Shin Bet, law enforcement officials said.

The suspect was not immediately identified.

The Hizme checkpoint, northeast of Jerusalem, has been the site of numerous attacks by Palestinians in recent years, mainly against Israeli security forces.

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