Border police forces arrested a 16-year-old boy near the Cave of the Patriarchs on Wednesday morning in an attempted stabbing attack, according to the Police spokespersons unit.
The suspect suspiciously approached the security forces who noticed a knife in his hand. The officers called to the suspect to stop. Security forced subdued the suspect without incident.
The suspect, a resident of Hebron, has been taken in for questioning. There were no injuries reported in the incident.
The Hebron area has been a repeated scene of attempted attacks against Israeli security forces and civilians over the last few weeks.
Last week Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, were shot to death by Palestinian terrorists outside Otniel south of Hebron on Friday afternoon.
Five other family members – Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son – suffered minor wounds. The family was driving to a Shabbat pre-celebration of a fourth daughter’s wedding when the gunmen opened fire on their vehicle. All five were lightly wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash, but were not shot.
Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hunt down the killers and bring them to justice.
“We will find these lowlife murderers and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, just as we have done in the past,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel will continue to fight terrorism “wherever it strikes.”Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.