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Security forces say stabbing attack foiled in Hebron

Border Police arrest Palestinian man outside Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site after he arouses suspicion, find knife hidden on him

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A knife found on a Palestinian man suspected of planning a stabbing attack against security forces at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, March 18, 2019. (Israel Police)
A knife found on a Palestinian man suspected of planning a stabbing attack against security forces at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, March 18, 2019. (Israel Police)

Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian man Monday at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on suspicion of planning a stabbing attack, as Israel remained on edge following a deadly shooting and knifing the previous day.

The suspect, in his 20s and from the Palestinian town of as-Samu, was found to be carrying a knife, and during questioning said he planned an attack, Israel Police said in a statement.

Officers manning a security post close to the holy site became suspicious of the man, who was loitering nearby and appeared to be nervous and anxious.

Security forces approached the suspect with the intention of conducting a search of his person, but he resisted, the statement said. He was arrested and a search uncovered the knife.

His identity was not immediately cleared for publication.

On Sunday, a Palestinian man stabbed a soldier to death and then opened fire on Israeli vehicles at two locations in the northern West Bank, killing a father of 12 and seriously injuring another soldier.

Police are searching for the terrorist, who fled into a nearby Palestinian town and is thought to be armed and dangerous.

Also on Sunday, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl was arrested as she tried to smuggle a knife into the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is sanctified by Jews and Muslims as the burial place of the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. In recent years, there have been numerous incidents of Palestinians trying to smuggling knives into the complex, as well as stabbing attacks on Israelis.

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