Knife-wielding Palestinian Teen Arrested Near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs

Palestinians throw stones, fireworks at Israeli Border Police in East Jerusalem.

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A 16 year-old Palestinian was arrested near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron early Wednesday, after he was seen carrying a knife in the vicinity.

Meanwhile, Palestinians are throwing stones and fireworks at Israeli Border Police forces in East Jerusalem's Armon Hanetziv neighborhood.

The incident follows a week of tensions in the West Bank. On Friday, a father and son were shot dead in the south of Hebron in the West Bank on Friday afternoon. 

The assailant was arrested, reportedly turned in by his family. His family denies having turned him in.

The two victims, aged 40 and 18, were driving with five other family members to a family event in the southern town of Meitar. At around 3 P.M. a shooter ambushed their vehicle near the settlement of Otniel in the southern Hebron hills area. Two other passengers, a woman and a 16-year-old male, were lightly and moderately wounded, and were rushed to Soroka Medical Center, Be'er Sheva, along with three girls in the vehicle who were suffering from shock.

Earlier that day, a 22-year-old Palestinian died a day after suffering wounds during clashes with Israeli forces near Hebron. Palestinian sources also reported four were wounded Friday during clashes with Israeli forces in the same area.

Last Friday, two shootings were carried out in the Hebron area. Near the village of Beit Anoun, north east of Hebron, a soldier was seriously wounded by gunfire, only a short time after two Israelis aged 18 and 16 were lightly and moderately wounded by a sniper near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.