Palestinian woman with knife arrested at Allenby border crossing

Suspect held for questioning after weapon found on her person; fire bombs thrown at Israeli cars near Hebron

Illustrative photo of Palestinian travelers at the Allenby border crossing in 2009 (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Palestinian travelers at the Allenby border crossing in 2009 (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

A Palestinian woman was arrested Friday after she was caught carrying a knife at the Allenby border crossing with Jordan.

Israeli security officers questioned the woman and confiscated the weapon.

The Allenby Bridge serves as the main crossing point between the West Bank and Jordan.

In a separate incident earlier in the day, Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli cars near Hebron. No injuries were reported, but minor damage was caused to vehicles. Israel Defense Forces soldiers who searched the area found a stash of fire bombs and rocks.

Friday’s incidents came a day after a Palestinian man attempted to stab a group of people standing at a bus stop at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank; he was shot dead by an IDF soldier.

“IDF forces thwarted an attack at a crowded bus stop at the Gush Etzion Junction,” an Israel Defense Forces statement said. “A Palestinian, armed with a knife, attempted to stab the soldiers. Forces at the scene responded to the immediate threat and shot the assailant.”

The attacker was identified as Malek Talal Sharif, 25, from Hebron.

There were no injuries on the Israeli side.

The attempted stabbing on Thursday was the latest in a spate of near-daily attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces across the West Bank and in Israel. Since last month, 10 Israelis have been killed in more than 65 separate stabbings, attempted stabbings or car-ramming attacks. Many of the Palestinian assailants were killed or wounded during the attacks.

On Wednesday, an Israeli Border Police officer suffered multiple injuries and is still in critical condition after being run over by a Palestinian man in a car-ramming attack north of Hebron.

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