Police: Palestinian stabbing attack thwarted at Cave of the Patriarchs

The 18-year-old assailant was apprehended with knife in hand, according to police.

December 5, 2015 15:41
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Knife from suspected attack, Hebron, December 5, 2015

Knife from suspected attack, Hebron, December 5, 2015. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A Palestinian woman holding a knife at the entrance to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron was arrested in what police say was an attempted stabbing attack.

When police began a routine search on the 18-year-old, they noticed that the woman was gripping a knife. The police cocked their weapons and after a short time gained control of the suspect without firing and seized her weapon. The suspect, from the village of Fajr in the Gush Etzion area, was taken in for questioning. 

The commander of the Border Police unit, Kfir Cohen, lauded his forces who apprehended the suspect.

On Friday afternoon, within one hour, two terror attacks took place in the Binyamin region of the West Bank. 

In the first incident, a Palestinian knife attacker stabbed an Israeli in the village of A'abud, in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

The Israeli, 20, was injured in the incident, receiving wounds to the upper body. The victim is in moderate-to-severe condition, according to MDA.

The victim was treated at the scene by MDA paramedics and evacuated to Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv.

The attacker, identified as Abed al-Rahman al-Barghouthi, 27, was shot and killed following the incident, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

In the second incident, two IDF soldiers were lightly injured by a vehicle ramming attack near Ofra in the West Bank. Soldiers on the scene shot and killed the Palestinian driver who carried out the attack.

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