Arab arrested with knife at entrance to Tomb of Patriarchs

Border Police arrest Arab teen attempting to enter Hevron holy site with concealed knife.

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Knife found on suspect's person
Knife found on suspect's person
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An Arab resident of Hevron in Judea was arrested Tuesday morning after he attempted to sneak a knife into the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat Hamachpela).

Border Police officers arrested the teen, roughly 15 years of age, after they discovered the weapon at a checkpoint outside of the tomb, a Border Police spokesperson said.

The suspect approached the checkpoint at one of the entrances to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, but before he could enter the site the suspect was asked to lift his shirt after he aroused the suspicions of the officers operating the checkpoint.

Officers spotted the handle of a knife the suspect had concealed, and ordered him to surrender. The suspect drew the knife, but was arrested after officers drew their weapons and repeated their demand that he surrender.

No shots were fired and no injuries reported.