Palestinian teen caught planning stabbing attack — police

Security forces detain 18-year-old female after she tried to force her way through Qalandiya crossing, where she was twice denied entry in one day

Illustrative: Qalandiya crossing. (Border Police)
Illustrative: Qalandiya crossing. (Border Police)

A Palestinian teen was arrested Wednesday after trying to illegally enter Israel and allegedly carry out a terror attack, police said.

The suspect, an 18-year-old female, was turned away at the Qalandiya crossing near Jerusalem, and later tried to cross again using her 7-year-old sister’s permit. When she was refused, she began arguing with border guards and tried to force her way in, a police spokesperson said.

During subsequent questioning, the teen admitted to planning an attack in the Jerusalem area.

A source with knowledge of the case told The Times of Israel that the Palestinian planned to buy a knife and stab a police officer.

The woman, from the town of Qataneh, was jailed, pending a remand hearing. Her name was not released by police.

The Qalandiya checkpoint was the scene of violent protests by Palestinians last week, in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The army said then that hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at troops and set tires on fire. The soldiers responded with nonlethal riot dispersal weapons, including tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets.

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