2 Palestinians arrested with knives at West Bank checkpoints
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2 Palestinians arrested with knives at West Bank checkpoints

Young woman detained at Qalandiya, 18-year-old nabbed in Hebron; IDF arrests fisherman off northern Gaza coast

Israeli security forces at the main entrance of the Qalandiya checkpoint, a key crossing point between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Israeli security forces at the main entrance of the Qalandiya checkpoint, a key crossing point between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Israeli security forces arrested two young Palestinians on Saturday at checkpoints in separate locations in the West Bank, both carrying knives.

At the Qalandiya checkpoint just north of Jerusalem, a young Palestinian woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she was found to be carrying a knife in her bag.

The blade was discovered during a security inspection as the woman, said to be in her 20s, tried to pass through the checkpoint on foot.

At around the same time, Border Police officers stopped an 18-year-old youth at a checkpoint close to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, south of Jerusalem.

A knife carried by a Palestinian woman arrested at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank on August 27, 2016 (Israel Police)
A knife carried by a Palestinian woman arrested at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank on August 27, 2016 (Israel Police)

According to Israeli reports, the officers stopped the youth at the checkpoint to carry out a thorough search, which led to the discovery of the knife hidden on his person.

The youth is thought to have been planning a stabbing attack in revenge for the death of his cousin, who was fatally shot as he himself carried out a knife attack six months ago.

Both suspects were taken away for questioning.

The two incidents are the second and third arrests this week of Palestinians in possession of a knife in the West Bank. A woman was detained Wednesday near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a police spokesperson said. She was handed over to security forces for questioning.

A Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF troops Friday morning when he ran toward a guard post near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah.

Also Saturday, Israeli naval forces arrested a Palestinian fisherman off the northern Gaza coast, close to the Israeli border.

Army Radio quoted Gaza sources as saying that the Israeli forces attempted to arrest other fisherman, but they managed to flee.

Thirty-five Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since last October. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed in that time period, most of them while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.

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