IDF forces arrested two Palestinians near Elon Moreh Monday, after they were found to be in possession of large knives. Security forces believe the two were planning a stabbing attack in the settlement.
The two suspects were spotted trying to enter Elon Moreh, a West Bank settlement located northeast of Nablus.
During the ensuing pursuit, led by Golani forces, the two fled towards the nearby Palestinian village of Azamut. They were refused shelter by several of the resident and eventually turned over to the IDF by the headmaster of the local school.
Both men, who are residents of the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, were turned over to security forces for interrogation.
Gershon Mesika, head of the Shomron Regional Council, said: "The efficiency of the IDF's surveillance unit and the force's quick response prevented a terror attack. The people of Israel thank the IDF. This proves once more that when you leave the IDF to do its job with determination it can eradicate terror."
Veteran settler leader Benny Katzover also welcomed "the terrorists' capture," adding that "we expect that all legal proceedings against them be exhausted. Unfortunately, we've seen in the past how doing otherwise was interpreted by the enemy as a sign of weakness."
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