A prison guard was stabbed and lightly hurt by a Palestinian woman visiting an inmate at the Ramon Prison in southern Israel, law enforcement officials said.
According to the Israel Prison Service, the 23-year-old from Nablus in the West Bank came to visit her brother, a terror suspect held in administrative detention (a practice in which detainees suspected of terror activities are imprisoned without charge or trial).
IPS said the woman attacked a female guard with what appeared to be a weapon fashioned from a pair of scissors during a security check at the entrance of the prison.
“As soon as the attack was carried out, the guard and another officer engaged, and professionally and with determination took control of the civilian and prevented her from carrying out her intention to harm the staff,” an IPS spokesperson said.
The female guard was treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization, according to the IPS.
Police said officers had arrested the Palestinian woman and taken her for questioning.
The military and police have been on heightened alert since last week amid the Jewish holiday season, with tensions already high due to an Israeli anti-terror offensive that has seen over 100 Palestinians killed and more than 2,000 arrested in nightly raids in the West Bank.
The military launched the arrest operations after a series of attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May. In another suspected attack in September, an elderly woman was killed by a Palestinian man in the central city of Holon.
Israeli troops have repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in Palestinian cities in the West Bank. During an operation in May, a police commando was killed as troops were wrapping up an arrest operation in the Jenin area. Last month, a senior IDF officer was killed in a gun battle with Palestinians on the northern West Bank security barrier.
Many of the IDF’s arrests in recent months have concentrated on Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank, home to a number of the terrorists who committed the attacks earlier this year.