Palestinian woman attempts to stab Israeli in West Bank

Suspect apprehended, no injuries reported in incident near Ma’ale Shomron; another woman arrested in Hebron with knife

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

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A Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli Sunday morning near the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Shomron, west of Nablus. She was apprehended, and no injuries were reported.

Initial reports indicated the woman hailed from the neighboring Palestinian village of Azzun.

Meanwhile, another Palestinian woman was arrested at the entrance to Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in possession of a knife.

Earlier in the morning an Israeli soldier was stabbed and lightly injured outside Jerusalem’s central bus station, where large numbers of soldiers catch buses back to their bases after a Shabbat break at home.

A security guard who witnessed the stabbing fired at the Palestinian assailant, who surrendered to him and was then arrested, police said.

“A private security guard who saw the event overpowered the terrorist until police arrived at the scene. The terrorist is under arrest,” a police statement said.

Paramedics administered first aid to the victim, 21, who suffered a stab wound in his shoulder, and evacuated him to a hospital in the city, police and rescue services said.

The attacker was later identified as a 30-year-old resident of Eizariya in the West Bank who possessed an Israeli identity card.

It was the second attack in Jerusalem in less than 24 hours.

A Palestinian man tried to stab an Israeli policeman on Saturday at the Jaffa Gate near the Old City and was shot dead by other officers, a police spokeswoman said.

Times of Israel staff and AFP contributed to this report.

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