Palestinian teenager with knife arrested near flashpoint Hebron shrine
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Palestinian teenager with knife arrested near flashpoint Hebron shrine

Weapon found on 15-year-old after officers near the Tomb of the Patriarchs ask him to lift up his shirt

Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)
Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)

Border Police on Friday arrested a Palestinian teenager carrying a knife near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The 15-year-old raised the suspicions of officers, who spotted the knife after asking the suspect to lift up his shirt.

The Palestinian, a resident of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, was taken in for further questioning.

The incident came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Tomb of the Patriarchs in a rare visit to Hebron by an Israeli premier.

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 in recent years.

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