A 15-year-old Palestinian who had a knife in his schoolbag was stopped at a checkpoint at the Tomb of the Patriarchs compound in the West Bank city of Hebron, police said. Border police officers searched the boy's bag after he acted suspiciously and found a knife hidden among schoolbooks, law enforcement said.
Police said the teenager was arrested and taken in for questioning.
Thousands of police and border police officers have been deployed throughout the country for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. "We are at the highest level of alert given the recent incidents in which minors were involved in knife attacks," police said.
On Thursday, a policewoman was lightly hurt while stopping a 12-year-old Palestinian armed with a knife from stabbing police officers in Jerusalem's Old City, according to police. A day earlier, a 14-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank was arrested on suspicion of committing a stabbing at a bus station near the city of Modi'in.
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