3 attempted stabbing attacks by Palestinian teens thwarted


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three attempted stabbing attacks by Palestinian teenagers were thwarted in the West Bank, Israeli security officials said.

No Israeli soldiers or civilians were hurt in the incidents, which took place Sunday morning.

The first incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at the Tapuach Junction in the northern West Bank, near the major settlement city of Ariel. A Palestinian girl, 17, was stopped by Border Police after officers noticed that she was acting suspiciously, according to reports. She was discovered to be carrying a knife and admitted to police during her initial questioning that she intended to carry out an attack on Israeli troops or civilians after watching “inciting videos” on social media, according to Israeli media reports.

About three hours later, the Israel Defense Forces arrested a Palestinian boy, 14, who attempted to stab them near Hebron. The teen tried to open the door of an army vehicle and stab the soldiers inside, according to the IDF. He was overpowered and handcuffed without shots being fired.

Shortly before noon, a Palestinian boy, 16, was shot by Israeli troops patrolling near the West Bank city of Nablus after he tried to stab one of the soldiers. The army said in a statement that the troops had “responded to the imminent danger.”

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