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Palestinian woman armed with knife arrested at Jerusalem-area checkpoint

Suspect, 24, drops knife after officers fire into air at al-Jib checkpoint; troops arrest two wanted Palestinians in overnight raids

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A knife a Palestinian woman was allegedly armed with as she approached the al-Jib checkpoint near Jerusalem, September 11, 2022. (Israel Police)
A knife a Palestinian woman was allegedly armed with as she approached the al-Jib checkpoint near Jerusalem, September 11, 2022. (Israel Police)

A Palestinian woman armed with a knife was arrested at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday morning, police said.

The woman approached the al-Jib checkpoint’s vehicle crossing by foot with a knife drawn, a Border Police spokesman said.

Officers fired into the air and she dropped the knife before being detained.

The suspect, 24, is a resident of the nearby Palestinian village of al-Jib, police said.

In her initial questioning, she allegedly admitted she sought to commit a stabbing attack, according to law enforcement officials.

The incident came at a time of rising violence in the West Bank.

Israeli troops have repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in the West Bank, during a months-long effort against Palestinian terrorists.

The military launched the operation, dubbed Breakwater, after a series of deadly attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May. More than 1,500 suspects have been detained since the start of the operation.

In raids during the predawn hours of Sunday, troops arrested two wanted Palestinians, the Israel Defense Forces said.

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