Today, a 17-year-old Palestinian suspect was detained near the Cave of the Patriarchs by Border Police officers after attempting to smuggle a knife into the site. The suspect was taken for further investigation.

The knife

The knife Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News

This evening (Sunday), a 17-year-old Palestinian was arrested by Israeli Border Police officers after he attempted to enter the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron armed with a knife.

The suspect caught the security force’s attention when he tried to hide something behind his shirt upon arriving at a security checkpoint. After finding the knife, the officers arrested the suspect, a resident of Hebron, for further investigation.

According to the police, “the repeated attempts of those who seek to harm the cave’s visitors or the security forces guarding it will continue to encounter the great determination of the forces acting to maintain security and order.”