Israel Foils Palestinian Teenager’s Stabbing Attack at Tomb of the Patriarchs

Israeli soldiers stand outside Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque, a holy shrine for Jews and Muslims, on July 12, 2017

TEL AVIV – A Palestinian teenage girl who tried to sneak a knife into the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday was detained by security forces, police said.

The police officers became suspicious as the 17-year-old approached their stand. As they apprehended her, the teenager began brandishing the knife at them.

She was detained with no violence or weapons being used on the part of the police.

Police said her intention had been to carry out a stabbing terror attack at the holy site.

Earlier that day, a stabbing and shooting terror attack claimed the lives of an IDF soldier and a rabbi near the West Bank town of Ariel. Another soldier was injured in the attack.

Both Jews and Muslims revere the Tomb of the Patriarchs as the burial place of the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah.

It has been a flashpoint site in which multiple terror attacks have been carried out and many more have been thwarted.


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