Security forces arrest knife-carrying Palestinians in Jerusalem
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Security forces arrest knife-carrying Palestinians in Jerusalem

In separate incidents, police and soldiers apprehend 2 men with blades during inspections in the West Bank

Two knives police found being carried by two Arab teenagers near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem on January 4, 2016. (Israel Police)
Two knives police found being carried by two Arab teenagers near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem on January 4, 2016. (Israel Police)

Two Palestinian teens, both around 15 years old, were detained near the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday after knives were found on their person, the third such incident in the day.

Police officers became suspicious of the teenagers and accosted them at which point they noticed a blunt object hidden underneath the clothes of one of them.

The cops frisked the suspects and found they were carrying knives. They were taken away for further interrogation.

The arrests came hours before an East Jerusalem teen pulled a knife on cops, who then shot him after a short chase. One person was very lightly injured and a second person was treated for shock.

Earlier in the day, Border Police officers arrested a 26-year-old Palestinian resident of Jenin who arrived at the Tapuah checkpoint in the northern West Bank with a knife on his person, police said. He was the second man to be arrested with a knife in the area within a few hours.

As the man approached the checkpoint, the officers ordered him to halt. When he refused, he was detained and frisked, whereupon the knife was discovered.

Named for a nearby settlement, Tapuah Junction, south of Nablus, has been a frequent site of terror attacks in the latest round of violence. On Thursday, an Israeli soldier was injured Thursday in a suspected car-ramming attack nearby, the army said.

Earlier Monday, IDF soldiers arrested a Palestinian man in Hawara, just over four kilometers (2.5 miles) away, after a security inspection revealed that he was carrying a large kitchen knife, the IDF said.

Knife found by police on a 26-year-old resident of Jenin at Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank on January 4, 2016. (Israel Police)
Knife found by police on a 26-year-old resident of Jenin at Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank on January 4, 2016. (Israel Police)

The man arrived at the Hawara security checkpoint late in the morning. As part of the routine inspection, soldiers on site approached him and patted him down. During the check, they found the chef’s knife.

It was not immediately clear if the Palestinian was planning to carry out an attack with the blade, but he was arrested and handed over to security forces for further questioning.

The Hawara Junction and the adjacent checkpoint have been flashpoints for Palestinian terror attacks since the start of the violence that has rocked Israel since mid-September.

Posted by ‎Ramallah News – رام الله الإخباري‎ on Monday, 4 January 2016

Two Palestinians tried to stab an Israeli soldier in the village last month, but were shot and killed by other troops on scene.

A day earlier, an Israeli soldier was lightly hurt in a car-ramming attack at the nearby checkpoint. The attacker was shot at the scene and later died of his wounds in hospital in Nablus.

Sue Surkes contributed to this report.

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