Soldiers foil West Bank stabbing attempt

Palestinian man arrested after threatening to stab troops near Qalqilya with screwdriver; no injuries

Illustrative: Troops near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on January 8, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
Illustrative: Troops near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on January 8, 2017. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

A Palestinian man was arrested after brandishing a screwdriver and threatening to stab a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint on Sunday, the army said.

The Palestinian man approached the soldiers’ post near the Tzufim settlement near the northwestern West Bank city of Qalqilya armed with a screwdriver. He threatened to stab the soldier at the gate.

Following military protocol the soldiers called for him to stop, and the man “surrendered himself to them,” without the use of force, the army said.

The suspect was taken for interrogation.

This is the latest in a spate of stabbings and attempted stabbings over the past week.

On Saturday, a Palestinian teenage assailant stabbed two young men and a police officer in the Old City before being shot and killed by security forces.

Earlier the youth posted a selfie of himself outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Soon after the stabbing attack on Saturday, clashes broke out between stone-throwing Palestinians and police officers who used stun grenades, an AFP photographer said.

On Wednesday Border Police shot and killed a woman as she attempted to stab them with scissors at Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City. The Palestinian Health Ministry later identified the assailant as Siham Rateb Nimir, 49, from East Jerusalem.

According to Palestinian media, her son was Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Border Police officers in September after an apparent misunderstanding at an East Jerusalem checkpoint.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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