Soldiers shoot would-be stabber in the West Bank

In third attempted attack of the day, troops kill Palestinian, 15, who tried to assault them near Nablus

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

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In the third attempted stabbing of the day, IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian teen as he attempted to stab one of them on Sunday morning near the West Bank city of Nablus.

No soldiers were injured in the attack, which took place at Bitot Junction in the northern West Bank.

The assailant, approached a group of soldiers and tried to attack one of them, but was stopped before he could injure any of the IDF troops.

“The force responded to the imminent danger,” the army said in a statement, “firing towards the assailant, resulting in his death.”

The attacker, Qusai Diab Abu al-Roub, was 15 years old, according to Palestinian media. He was a resident of Qabatiya, a West Bank town located south of Jenin.

Reports said he was the cousin of one of three men who carried out an attack at the Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City in early February. The attack killed a female Border Police cadet, Hadar Cohen. All three attackers were killed in a shootout with officers.

Earlier on Sunday, soldiers arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian as he attempted to stab them while they were on patrol in Bani Na’im, in the Hebron Hills. No one was injured in that attempted attack.

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

Several hours earlier, 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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