A 17-year-old Palestinian armed with a knife was
arrested Thursday at a security checkpoint on the
outskirts of Jerusalem, police said.
The teen, a resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was apprehended at the Atarot checkpoint just north of the city after carrying a false I.D.
Police later found a knife hidden in his possession.
During his initial interrogation, the suspect told
police that he was sent by Hamas to "stab soldiers and Jews," Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
The site in question is one of the main crossing
points for Palestinians entering Jerusalem from the West Bank.