Palestinian man tries to attack settler with metal rod – IDF
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Palestinian man tries to attack settler with metal rod – IDF

No injuries; soldiers arrest suspect after incident outside Tekoa in the central West Bank

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Security forces search the Tekoa settlement after a Palestinian man attempted to attack an Israeli man nearby on September 2, 2018. (Screen capture)
Security forces search the Tekoa settlement after a Palestinian man attempted to attack an Israeli man nearby on September 2, 2018. (Screen capture)

IDF soldiers arrested a Palestinian man who tried to beat an Israeli man with a metal bar outside the Tekoa settlement in the central West Bank on Sunday, the army said.

No injuries were reported.

The military said no shots were fired during the arrest.

Israeli troops then searched the area for additional evidence or signs of additional attackers, the army said.

Residents of the settlement said the Palestinian, who was not armed with a firearm or a knife, initially threw rocks at passing cars and then tried to drag a man out of his vehicle and attack him.

Eventually, a number of residents wrestled the Palestinian man to the ground before security forces arrived.

The Tekoa settlement, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, instructed residents to remain in their homes until they were given the all-clear from the Israel Defense Forces.

A siren warning residents of the incident went off in the settlement during a visit to the local school by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.

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