Soldiers arrest Palestinian teen who tried to stab them

Soldiers arrest Palestinian teen who tried to stab them

None injured in attempted attack outside of Hebron, just hours after similar incident in the northern West Bank

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A 14-year-old Palestinian boy tried to attack a group of soldiers, but was stopped and arrested by IDF troops outside of Hebron in the West Bank on Sunday.

The teen approached the soldiers while they were on patrol in Bani Na’im, in the Hebron Hills. The soldiers managed to subdue the 14-year-old, the IDF said.

“The teenager has been arrested and was taken in for further questioning,” the army said.

No one was injured in the attempted attack.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian teenage girl who was carrying a knife at the Tapuah Junction, near the central West Bank settlement of Ariel, where police said she was planning to carry out a stabbing attack.

The girl, 17, was ordered to halt after security forces noticed her acting suspiciously, police said in a statement. When she continued walking, a Border Police officer cocked his weapon in her direction. At that point, she stopped and raised her hands, and a knife fell to the ground, the statement said. Police confiscated the blade, and the young Palestinian was transferred to a nearby security facility for questioning.

During her initial interrogation, she said she had planned to carry out an attack after watching “inciting videos” on social media sites, police said.

Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.

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