Soldiers of the Nahal Brigade thwarted a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion tunnel checkpoint on Sunday morning. Soldiers became suspicious of a 24-year-old Palestinian man who was wearing a coat; they stopped him for inspection. During the check they discovered a 15cm knife hidden in one of the coat pockets. The suspect later admitted that he had intended to use the knife to stab soldiers deployed at the checkpoint. The man was handed over to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) for questioning. In the past week, there has been an increase in attempts by Palestinians to stab soldiers, particularly in the Nablus area. Last week a Palestinian woman was shot and killed after she stabbed a female soldier in the neck at a checkpoint outside of Nablus.