Stabbing attack foiled near Hevron

Terrorist surprised by Border Police officers near Cave of the Patriarchs, dropping the knife with which she intended to carry out attack.

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Ido Ben Porat,

The knife used by the terrorist
The knife used by the terrorist
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Border Police officers on Monday evening foiled a stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron.

The incident began when a suspicious Arab woman arrived at one of the inspection posts near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The suspect, who was holding a knife, appeared to be surprised by the Border Police officers who approached her, causing her to drop the knife to the floor.

The officers then arrested the suspect, a resident of the village of Yatta in her 20s. A preliminary investigation found that she intended to carry out a stabbing attack in order to be recognized as a "shaheed" (martyr).

She was taken for further questioning.

A similar incident took place two weeks ago, also near the Cave of the Patriarchs. In that incident, a female Arab terrorist from a village near Hevron was arrested when it was discovered she had hidden a large kitchen knife in her personal bag.

Border Police officers who were stationed at one of the checkpoints near the Cave of the Patriarchs noticed the woman who had raised their suspicions.

Upon searching her belongings, they found the large knife, with which she intended to carry out a stabbing attack against security forces or Jews who were in the vicinity of the Cave of the Patriarchs.