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Teen girl arrested after approaching checkpoint with blade

Border police at Qalandiya crossing near Jerusalem fire shot in air, wrestle Palestinian youth to ground

Illustrative: Border Police at the Qalandiya checkpoint, October 23, 2012 (Oren Nahshon/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border Police at the Qalandiya checkpoint, October 23, 2012 (Oren Nahshon/Flash90)

Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian teen after she apparently approached soldiers at a checkpoint with a knife Thursday evening.

The incident, at the Qalandiya checkpoint just north of Jerusalem, came amid a spate of attacks by knife-wielding Palestinians over the last several weeks.

The teenage girl, from the West Bank town of Beit Duku, was arrested as she approached a group of border policemen at the checkpoint armed with a knife, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

The policemen, who became suspicious of her as she approached them, spotted the knife and fired a warning shot into the air before restraining and taking her into custody.

A video of the arrest showed the girl in a standoff with police, before one appears to Tase or pepper spray her and wrestle her to the ground.

Palestinian news agency Ma’an news identified the girl as 14-year-old- Yathrib Salah Rayyan. It said she was shot at twice by IDF soldiers.

An IDF spokesperson denied the suspect was shot at or injured in the incident.

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The incident came one day after two Israelis were moderately injured in a terror attack by a knife-wielding Palestinian at a Rami Levy supermarket chain in Mishor Adumim near Jerusalem.

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