Israeli Police Arrest 15-year-old Palestinian Concealing Knife at West Bank Holy Site

Hebron arrest comes less than a week after Palestinians minors, 12 and 14, arrested in connection with stabbing police in two separate incidents

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Knife found in teenager's backpack in Hebron, September 30, 2019.
Knife found in teenager's backpack in Hebron, September 30, 2019.Credit: Israel Police

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.