Stabbing prevented at Tomb of the Patriarchs

17-year-old girl arrested with knife at Hebron checkpoint, admits plan to attack security personnel

A general view of Hebron with the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)
A general view of Hebron with the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A 17-year-old Palestinian girl carrying a knife was arrested Friday morning at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron after admitting she planned to stab Israeli security personnel at the site.

The girl arrived at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the holy site, sacred to both Jews and Muslims, at around 8 a.m., but refused to be searched. Police at the site told her she must either agree to be searched or leave the premises.

After a few minutes of arguing, the girl pulled a knife out of her bag and threw it on the floor. She was then detained and told officials she had intended to carry out a stabbing attack at the site.

Overnight Thursday a shooting incident was reported near Kiryat Arba, a settlement adjacent to Hebron. Shots were fired at a car driving near the Kiryat Arba junction from an unknown source. Two bullets penetrated the vehicle but did not hit its occupants, who sped away unharmed.

Security forces were searching the area Friday morning for the assailants.

In another incident on Thursday evening, shots were fired at an Israeli car near the settlement of Na’ale, northwest of Ramallah. The driver was unhurt and fled the scene. The assailants remain at large.

On Tuesday police said a stabbing in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday evening was nationalistically motivated, rejecting earlier reports the violence had been the result of a brawl.

In that incident, two Jewish men who had left the Shuvu Achim yeshiva in the Old City and headed toward Jaffa Gate were assaulted by four Palestinians. One of the victims, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen and moderately wounded, while the other, 32, was hit with a blunt object.

The men escaped and managed to reach a police station, from which they were taken to Shaare Zedek hospital.

Border Police later arrested four Palestinian teenagers in connection with the attack.

Marissa Newman contributed to this report.

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