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Palestinian teen caught with knife at entrance to Tomb of the Patriarchs

17-year-old Hebron resident detained after trying to enter holy site with hidden box cutter

Knife found on Hebron teenager who attempted to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs on December 12, 2017. (Israel Police)
Knife found on Hebron teenager who attempted to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs on December 12, 2017. (Israel Police)

Border Police officers on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian teenager who tried to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron with a knife.

At a security checkpoint at the entrance to the holy site, a box cutter was discovered hidden on the teenager’s person, according to police.

The 17-year-old Hebron resident was detained and taken in for questioning.

Last month, two 17-year-old Palestinians were also detained after attempting to smuggle a knife into the site, in two separate incidents a day apart.

A general view shows the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in the West Bank town of Hebron, July 9, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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.

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