Attempted Stabbing Attack Thwarted in West Bank

Israeli security forces arrest two Palestinians, confiscate weapons in refugee camp raid.

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The site of a November attempted terror attack in Hawara in the West Bank.
The site of a November attempted terror attack in Hawara in the West Bank.Credit: AP
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

Security forces raided the Qalandiyah refugee camp north of Jerusalem Thursday night, arresting two wanted Palestinians and confiscating weapons and ammunition including knives, a submachine gun, bullets and a rifle butt, which were hidden in a shop in the camp.

Clashes broke out at a number of places in the camp after the raid, during which Palestinians threw stones and incendiary devices at soldiers, as well as rocks and other objects from rooftops. A number of military vehicles were damaged. There were no injuries. According to the army, the forces fired riot-control weapons. 

Earlier Thursday, an attempted stabbing attack occurred at a checkpoint set up in Hawara near Nablus. According to the IDF, the Palestinian reached the checkpoint on foot, drew a knife and approached soldiers. The soldiers, of the Givati Brigade’s Rotem Battalion, shot and killed the Palestinian.

Early on Wednesday, three soldiers were lightly wounded after an attempted car attack in the West Bank's Qalandiyah refugee camp. The Palestinian driver of the car was shot dead by the forces, and, according to an initial army investigation, the forces were wounded by friendly fire.

On Monday, 14 people were wounded when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem plowed his car into a large group of people waiting at a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem. The assailant, Abed Almohsin Hassoneh, 21, from Beit Hanina was shot and killed at the scene while still in his car. An axe was found in the vehicle.

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