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Soldiers arrest knife-wielding Palestinian woman in Hebron

Suspect approaches Border Police checkpoint, draws blade and threatens to stab security forces

Border Police on duty outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Border Police on duty outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Border Police on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian woman in Hebron after she threatened to stab them with a knife.

The woman approached a security checkpoint near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city, pulled out the knife, and threatened the officers on duty, police said in a statement.

Officers overpowered the woman and arrested her. There were no injuries in the incident.

Police later said she was 27 years old.

On Monday police officers in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City arrested an East Jerusalem teenage girl found in possession of a knife, on suspicion that she was planning to carry out a stabbing attack. It was the second time in two weeks that the 15-year-old was detained for carrying a knife, the police said in a statement.

The girl, who was not named, was released a few days after her first arrest, when she claimed the knife in her bag was purchased for use in her family’s home. However, police now believe that she was preparing to attack Jewish Israelis.

More than 20 Israelis have been killed in three months of near-daily stabbing, shooting, and car-ramming terror attacks by Palestinians targeting civilians and security forces.

More than 100 Palestinians have also been killed, a large proportion of them assailants shot as they carried out attacks, including some who were teenagers. Other Palestinians have been killed during violent clashes with Israeli security forces.

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