Palestinian youth tries to stab IDF soldier near Hebron
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Palestinian youth tries to stab IDF soldier near Hebron

16-year-old pulls knife at checkpoint, arrested, taken for questioning; nobody hurt

Israeli soldiers search Palestinians at a checkpoint in June 2014. (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers search Palestinians at a checkpoint in June 2014. (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/FLASH90)

A Palestinian youth tried to stab an Israeli soldier Saturday morning at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Hebron.

The 16-year-old pulled out a knife and made for the soldier, a military policeman, before being overpowered and arrested.

He was taken by security forces for questioning. There were no reported injuries in the incident.

Last week Saturday, a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer in Hebron, inflicting moderate injuries. The attacker, aged 20, was shot and wounded, and died of his injuries on the way to a hospital in Jerusalem.

Police said the officer, 19, was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and chest at an army checkpoint near Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs. A second soldier shot the attacker.

Palestinian media named the suspected attacker as Assad al-Salayma.

Footage of what police said was a Palestinian man stabbing a Border Police officer in Hebron on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (screen capture: Israel Police video)
Footage of what police said was a Palestinian man stabbing a Border Police officer in Hebron on Saturday, April 25, 2015. (screen capture: Israel Police video)

That incident was the second of its kind in less than 24 hours.

Overnight Friday-Saturday last week, Ali Mohammed Ali Said Abu Ghannam, a 16-year-old Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, allegedly attempted to stab a Israeli soldier.

IDF soldiers shot and killed Abu Ghannam after the teenager attempted to stab a border police officer with a butcher’s knife at a checkpoint on the road between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, according to security officials.

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The teenager was pronounced dead by a medical team that arrived at the scene. The officer was not injured in the stabbing attempt.

The Israeli military said the Palestinian was wielding two knives. He tried to attack troops, who chased him, fired warning shots into the air, and then fired to “neutralize him,” a police spokeswoman said.

The incident took place at the Al-Zaim checkpoint. Troops “fired precise shots, neutralizing” the assailant when he failed to heed their warnings, the spokeswoman said.

AFP contributed to this report.

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