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IDF thwarts suicide attack in Hebron
Palestinian youth arrested near Tomb of the Patriarchs with weapons, letter proclaiming his intent to carry out attack and die as martyr

An 18-year-old Palestinian youth arrived at the junction leading to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Wednesday afternoon and aroused the suspicion of Border Police soldiers securing the area.

 

The troops called to the youth from a distance and ordered him to stop and lift his shirt, where he had concealed a firearm and two knives.

 

On further inspection of the youth's possessions, which were confiscated, soldiers found a suicide letter detailing the youth's intent to die as a martyr in an attack. One of the knives concealed on his person was inscribed with the words 'With this knife a Jewish soldier will be murdered.'

 

Security forces also said that the youth had shaved in the ritualistic manner associated with preparation for suicide attacks.

 

The junction in question has been the scene of numerous stabbing attacks and attempted attacks over the past several years. The youth apprehended on Wednesday was taken for further questioning.

 

Security officials noted that they would also investigate the possibility that may simply be part of a worrying trend wherein youths seek arrest to escape family or community pressures by arriving at military checkpoints with weapons and allowing themselves to be arrested.

 

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