Palestinian woman with a knife caught inside settlement

Suspect sneaks into Kedumim in the West Bank, chases female resident before being arrested by troops

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

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Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian woman who broke into the Kedumim settlement armed with a knife on Wednesday, an army spokesperson said.

The woman snuck into the Mitzpeh Yishai neighborhood of the Kedumim settlement, which is located just east of the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba.

The suspect chased after a female resident of the settlement before security forces arrived to the scene and wrestled her to the ground, the IDF said. She is suspected of having intended to attack the woman in her home, Army Radio said.

She was taken in for further questioning.

Kedumim is located next door to the Palestinian village of Hajjah, which was the hometown of 22-year-old Bashar Massalha, who carried out a deadly stabbing attack in Jaffa on Tuesday night.

Following the attack, the IDF closed off Hajjah and carried out searches in the village.

The IDF arrested 16 Palestinian suspects in the West Bank on Tuesday night, 12 of them for rock-throwing or participating in violent protests. Another suspect is believed to be a member of Hamas, the IDF said.

The allegations against the other three suspects were not disclosed.

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