Stabbing foiled at IDF post in West Bank, near Hebron
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Stabbing foiled at IDF post in West Bank, near Hebron

Suspect apprehended by soldiers, no injuries reported during incident close to Al Fawwar refugee camp

A knife used by a Palestinian who tried to stab in IDF soldier outside the Al Fawwar refugee camp in the West Bank, February 8, 2018. (IDF spokesperson)
A knife used by a Palestinian who tried to stab in IDF soldier outside the Al Fawwar refugee camp in the West Bank, February 8, 2018. (IDF spokesperson)

A Palestinian tried to stab an IDF soldier at a guard post outside the Al Fawwar refugee camp in the West Bank on Thursday, but was apprehended by troops without causing any injuries, the army said.

The suspect was transferred to security forces for further questioning. The incident happened along Route 60 near Hebron, the statement said.

The attempted stabbing came the day after a civilian security guard was lightly injured in the hand during a stabbing at the entrance to Karmei Tzur, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

A second guard shot the assailant and killed him, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

He was later identified by Palestinian officials as Hamzeh Yousef Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhul, near Hebron.

On Monday, a terrorist fatally stabbed 29-year-old Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal outside the settlement of Ariel.

Israeli forces are still hunting for the killer.

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