Palestinian Arrested Near West Bank Settlement on Suspicion He Plotted Terror Attack

Police and Border Police arrested the suspect and handed him over to security forces for questioning; a knife was found nearby

The knife found at the scene of today's incident in the West Bank settlement.
Police spokesman

A Palestinian man in his twenties was arrested Saturday in the West Bank settlement of Har Adar over a suspicion that he planned to carry out a terror attack.

He was caught by security guards at the settlement, who then called the police.

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The police and Border Police arrested the suspect and handed him over to security forces for questioning.

The site where the Palestinian was arrested on suspicion of plotting an attackGoogle Maps

An initial investigation revealed that the young man, a resident of the Palestinian village of Qatana, arrived at the site with the intention of carrying out an attack.

At the site, security forces examined the area where they found a knife.

In September 2017, a Border Police officer and two Israeli security guards were killed in a shooting attack in Har Adar. Another Israeli, the security coordinator of Har Adar, had sustained serious injuries. The 37-year-old Palestinian attacker was shot dead. 

Earlier this week, a Palestinian was shot and killed in the West Bank after he tried to stab an Israeli soldier. In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said soldiers stationed at Gitai Junction, near the settlement of Ariel, shot and killed the Palestinian, who was identified as Elias Salah Yassin, 22, from Biddya.

Last week, 47-year-old Aisha Mohammed Rabi, also from Biddya, was killed after a rock struck her in the head. Police suspect that settlers were behind the attack but are still investigating.

The incident took place near the Barkan industrial zone, where two Israelis were murdered two weeks ago. A Palestinian co-worker, Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, 23, is suspected of shooting Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, 29, at the plant where they worked in Barkan.  

Another woman, who is 54, was wounded, and Na'alwa fled after the attack.