Palestinian woman arrested for attempted West Bank knife attack
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Palestinian woman arrested for attempted West Bank knife attack

With blade in hand, would-be attacker runs towards troops at Jordan Valley checkpoint; her companion also detained

Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier in the Jordan Valley, January 2, 2014. (Uri Lenz/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier in the Jordan Valley, January 2, 2014. (Uri Lenz/Flash90)

IDF troops arrested a Palestinian woman at a West Bank checkpoint on Saturday morning after she ran at them with a knife.

The woman got out of a car at the approach to the Beka’ot checkpoint in the Jordan Valley, and began to run toward the soldiers with the knife in her hand, the Walla news website reported.

The man who was accompanying the woman in the car got out and began to run after her. Neither managed to reach the troops, and both were detained for questioning.

Attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli civilians and troops by Palestinians have become a near-daily occurrence in recent months, in a wave of terrorism snd violence that has claimed more than 20 Israeli lives.

On Friday, eight soldiers were wounded in two separate car-ramming attacks in the West Bank, while a Border Police officer was wounded in a stabbing attack in the northern city of Nahariya on Friday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Friday that the attacks were unlikely to end in the near future, and could even worsen.

“This terror wave will accompany us in the coming days, the coming weeks and maybe more than that,” Ya’alon told a conference in Eilat. “So we must prepare for every eventuality.”

 

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