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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, February 21, 2016

Three attempted stabbing attacks thwarted in West Bank

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Security forces thwarted three potential stabbing attacks in the West Bank on Sunday before noon.

A female Palestinian teenager was arrested with a knife after security forces determined she was acting suspiciously near the Tapuah junction in the West Bank on Sunday.

Initial investigations indicated that the 17-year-old suspect from the West Bank village of Kutzra had arrived at the scene inspired by incitement on social media, intending to carry out an attack against Jews.

Police reported that during the incident, security forces stationed near the flashpoint intersection called on the suspect headed toward a hitchhiking spot to stop, but she refused to heed their calls and continued advancing toward them.

The patrol's commander cocked his weapon in her direction, after which she walked a few meters and halted.

When asked to raise her hands, the security forces then saw a knife in her hand drop to the ground.

The teen was taken in by security forces for further investigation.

Later in the day, a 14-year-old Palestinian with a knife was arrested by security forces near Hebron. There were no injuries on the Israeli side.

Security forces were investigating the suspect.

Shortly afterward, a third attempted stabbing took place at Habitot junction near Nablus. The stabber was shot and killed.

During the attempted attack, the assailant approached military forces stationed at the scene and attempted to stab a solider.

No Israeli forces were wounded in that incident.