A Palestinian man carrying a knife was arrested on Saturday outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, police said.
The man, said by police to be in his 20s, was arrested at a Border Police checkpoint leading to the site after officers found a knife in one of his pockets.
According to Hebrew media reports, the Hebron resident was searched by police earlier in the day at the same checkpoint, and his return aroused officers’ suspicion.
Following his arrest, the man was taken for questioning by security forces.
פלסטיני בשנות ה-20 לחיו, תושב חברון, שבכיסו סכין נעצר באזור מערת המכפלה. הלוחמים במקום כיוונו את נשקם על החשוד ועצרו אותו ללא שימוש בכוח pic.twitter.com/qZIFgx7k0b
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The flashpoint city of Hebron, where Palestinians live in close proximity to settlers who are guarded by Israeli troops, has been the scene of numerous stabbings and attempted stabbings since a wave of attacks carried out by Palestinians began in October 2015.
On Wednesday, a Palestinian man was shot and killed by security forces after stabbing and lightly wounding a Jewish resident of the West Bank settlement outpost of Havat Mor, south of Hebron.