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Palestinian woman caught with knives outside Hebron holy site

Border Police at Tomb of the Patriarchs find blades during search of woman's bag

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)
Illustrative: Border Police officers stand at a checkpoint near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on January 19, 2018. (Border Police)

Border Police arrested a Palestinian woman in the West Bank city of Hebron Friday after finding two knives during a search of her bag at a checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site.

A statement from Border Police said the woman appeared suspicious to the officers, who accordingly asked to check her bag.

The woman then attempted to flee but was caught by the officers. She was then asked to empty the contents of her bag.

Upon extracting a knife, the woman was immediately detained. Officers then emptied the rest of her bag to find an additional knife.

“The circumstances of the incident and the knives discovered indicate that the Palestinian woman came to carry out a stabbing attack,” Border Police said.

The woman, said to be in her thirties, was transferred for questioning.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a frequent target for stabbing attacks. A Palestinian teen was arrested trying to enter the holy site with a knife in December. In November, two 17-year-old Palestinians were also detained after attempting to smuggle a knife into the site, in two separate incidents a day apart.

Earlier Friday, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in an attempted car-ramming attack in the Jordan Valley.

The incident took place near the entrance to the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal holy site near Jericho. The vehicle did not have the necessary permit to enter the site and did not stop when soldiers flagged it down, an army spokeswoman said.

Security forces detained the driver for questioning and the lightly injured soldier was treated at the scene of the incident.

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