Palestinian woman arrested with knife at Hebron security post
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Palestinian woman arrested with knife at Hebron security post

Police detain 27-year-old who ignored calls to halt as she approached troops near the Tomb of the Patriarchs

Illustrative: Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on November 20, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Illustrative: Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on November 20, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

A 27-year-old Palestinian woman was arrested Saturday morning near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, on suspicion of planning to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli security forces at the site.

The woman sparked suspicion from Border Police troops and Judea and Samaria district police at the post, when she continued to approach them after they asked her to stop, Channel 2 television reported.

The police officers overpowered the woman, and found a knife in her possession. The woman was taken in for questioning.

A similar incident occurred Friday, when police at the site arrested a Palestinian teenager also suspected of planning a stabbing attack. The 15-year-old raised suspicions of Border Police officers stationed next to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Channel 10 television reported, and was detained at gunpoint after failing to heed a command to stop.

A security check revealed that the youth had a knife in his possession, leading police to believe that he had been planning to carry out an attack. He was held for questioning.

The Hebron region has seen dozens of Palestinian attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in recent weeks, most of them stabbing incidents.

Security forces raided a radio station in Hebron overnight Friday, shuttering it for six months and confiscating equipment for what the army said in a statement was incitement to violence in its broadcasts.

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