Report: PA Foils Major Terror Attack on IDF Soldiers

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Israeli soldiers search a Palestinian taxi in Chevron, Friday. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Police on Sunday arrested a female Arab terrorist who planned to carry out a terror attack. The 36-year-old Yerushalayim resident was arrested carrying two knives outside the Old City. Under questioning, she admitted that she had planned to carry out a terror stabbing attack. Police plan to ask for an extension of her remand.

A report Sunday said that the Palestinian Authority had foiled a major terror attack aimed at IDF soldiers in Chevron. The attack was to be carried out against soldiers stationed at the “seam line,” the gateway between the Israeli and Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Chevron.

PA police on Friday arrested the terrorist who had deposited a 12 kg gas canister on the PA side of the gate. The terrorist told interrogators that he had planned to throw a firebomb at soldiers in order to get them to follow him, and to set off the canister when they were next to it. The terrorist is a resident of the Kalkilya area but told interrogators that he was not part of an organized movement.

According to the report, IDF soldiers dismantled the bomb late Friday, after they were asked to do so by the PA forces. The explosion was heard throughout the region, indicating how strong it was and how much damage it could have caused if it had gone off with the soldiers nearby. On Friday night, IDF soldiers raided the house of the terrorist and seized computers and other equipment, the report said.

Overnight Saturday, security officials said they arrested five wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.