Palestinian held after drawing knife on troops in Hebron

Woman drops weapon and surrenders during check at army post

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Illustrative photo of Israeli soldiers in Hebron on December 13, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Israeli soldiers in Hebron on December 13, 2015. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian woman after she brandished a knife while being checked at an army post in Hebron, the IDF said Monday.

The woman was ordered to drop her weapon and complied, according to the army.

Initial reports had indicated that the woman had tried to flee the scene and being found with a knife in her bag.

On Sunday, a Palestinian woman attempted to stab a policeman in Hebron before security forces shot her. According to Israel Radio, the attacker was hit with a rubber bullet and hospitalized in Jerusalem in serious condition. There were no Israeli casualties reported in the incident.

Hebron has been a hotbed for Palestinian attackers over the past three months, according to figures released by the Israeli defense establishment last week.

Of 130 Palestinians who carried out attacks against security personnel and civilians, 28 came from Hebron and 19 from the villages around the city, which lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Jerusalem. Thirty hailed from East Jerusalem, and the rest from other areas in the West Bank.

The incident was the latest in a string of what Israeli officials say are near-daily stabbings and attack attempts over the last two months.

On Saturday afternoon, a Palestinian man stabbed three people in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana before being apprehended by police. One man was seriously injured and two women were lightly hurt in the attack.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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