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A Palestinian stabbed two Border Policemen yesterday at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, before being arrested.

The incident occurred near the checkpoint close to the site entrance.

The 18-year-old Palestinian drew a knife, stabbing one of the Border Policemen in the back. Another guard took on the attacker, and was stabbed in the hand. Other Border Policemen then intervened, and one shot the assailant in the leg.

The three casualties were taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem hospital for treatment.

The officer stabbed in the back was listed in moderate condition; the other guard and the assailant were lightly wounded.

This is the first incident of its kind since settlers took over a Palestinian home in Hebron. The government is planning to evacuate them. The Hebron settlers' council has called on the defense minister to "focus on the security problems in Hebron and the country instead of trying to find excuses for evacuating Jews from their homes."

Meanwhile, over the past two days, Israeli forces in Jenin and Nablus were targeted in several shooting incidents. In addition, a Qassam rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip, and a roadside bomb was disarmed north of Hebron. None of these incidents resulted in injuries.