Police: Israeli Officers Foil Stabbing Attack in Hebron

The 18-year-old Palestinian said he was looking to stab Israelis in revenge of death of cousin, an assailant killed in same incident that saw another attacker shot point-blank by soldier Elor Azaria.

Ilan Assayag

Israeli police officers arrested an 18-year-old Palestinian in Hebron on Saturday after finding a knife in his belongings. 

According to the police, the youth told interrogators that he arrived at the city's Tomb of the Patriarchs intending to stab Israelis, in revenge for the death of a cousin killed after carrying out a stabbing attack about six months ago. 

The youth raised the suspicion of Border Police officers stationed outside the Cave of the Patriarchs site in the city. After stopping and frisking him, the officers found the knife on his body. 

In his interrogation, the Palestinian said his cousin was one of two terrorists killed during the attack that saw Israeli soldier Elior Azaria shoot dead a prone attacker in Hebron's Tel Rumeida neighborhood. The cousin was not the one shot by the soldier. 

The arrest came a day after Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank after he allegedly charged an army outpost. According to an IDF probe, the man, Iyad Zakariya Hamed, a 38-year-old father of three, didn't pose an immediate threat to the soldiers.