Unarmed Palestinian teen held in Hebron after saying she plotted attack
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Unarmed Palestinian teen held in Hebron after saying she plotted attack

Border Police believe 16-year-old girl never actually planned assault, but was facing problems at home

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on September 21, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers guard a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on September 21, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Border Police held an unarmed Palestinian teen at a checkpoint outside of Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs on Sunday after the 16-year-old girl told officers that she wanted to attack people.

A police spokeswoman said that the officers did not believe the teen was actually planning on injuring others and that her distress appeared to have been the result of troubles at home.

The spokeswoman said the girl was detained for questioning.

Several incidents of Palestinian teens attacking Israeli soldiers in the past have been linked to domestic or psychological problems on the part of the assailant.

The flashpoint city of Hebron, where several hundreds Israeli settlers live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians, has been the site of numerous attacks in recent years.

On Saturday, an Israeli boy was knocked unconscious after being hit in the head by a stone while at a spring in the same West Bank city.

According to a spokesman for the Jewish community of Hebron, a Palestinian man dropped a large stone on a group of children sitting at the spring, hitting one on the head.

The 12-year-old fell into the pool and had to be rescued by friends who immediately alerted the authorities, community representative Noam Arnon said.

He was taken to a Jerusalem hospital with minor injuries.

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