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Soldiers arrest Palestinian girl with a knife, bottle of gasoline

Suspect first spotted by Israeli civilian in West Bank who drew his pistol and subdued her until security forces arrived

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Illustrative. A utility knife found on Hebron teenager who attempted to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs on December 12, 2017. (Israel Police)
Illustrative. A utility knife found on Hebron teenager who attempted to enter the Tomb of the Patriarchs on December 12, 2017. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces arrested on Tuesday a Palestinian teenage girl who was found in possession of a utility knife and a bottle of gasoline at a bus stop in the central West Bank, the army said.

An Israeli civilian spotted the teenager behaving suspiciously at the Shiloh Junction, north of Ramallah. He drew his pistol and called on her to halt.

The girl then took out and threw away the knife that she had in her possession, an army spokesperson said.

A short while later, Israel Defense Forces soldiers arrived on the scene and placed her under arrest. During a search of her bag, they found the plastic bottle full of gasoline, the IDF said.

“She is now being questioned,” the spokesperson said.

There were no injuries reported.

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Last week, soldiers also arrested a Palestinian teenager who was holding a knife and walking toward their jeep in the central West Bank.

Officials who were at the scene last Monday said the 19-year-old man approached the vehicle at the Beit Anun Junction, near Hebron, and dropped a knife on the ground. The soldiers in the jeep then subdued him without firing their weapons, the army said. Searching him, the soldiers found a second knife in his possession.

The man was placed under arrest and interrogated briefly at the scene, before being handed over to law enforcement for further questioning, the army said. No soldiers were injured in the incident.

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