An Arab youth wielding a knife was arrested near Me’aras Hamachpelah Sunday morning. The youth was arrested as he attempted to pass a checkpoint near the site. An initial investigation indicates that the youth was planning a stabbing attack at the site. He was taken in for questioning and will remain detained until the end of proceedings against him, security officials said.
The incident began when a suspicious individual attempted to pass through the checkpoint at the entrance to Me’aras Hamachpelah. The individual refused to submit to a security check and attacked a security official. He was subdued, and an examination of the backpack he was carrying showed he was carrying a knife. There were no injuries to security personnel in the incident.