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Israeli police arrest Palestinian who planned West Bank knife attack

A meat cleaver and knife found by police in the car of a Palestinian who said he planned to carry out an attack in the West Bank on July 7 2018.
Israel Police

A Palestinian arrested in the West Bank on Saturday said he planned to use knives to carry out an attack on Israelis, police said.

Officers pulled over a 28-year-old man who "aroused their suspicion" on Saturday night east of Ramallah, a police statement posted on Twitter said.

During a search of his car they uncovered two knives, including a large meat cleaver.

According to the statement, the resident of Dura in the southern West Bank then admitted to planning to carry out an attack, although the statement did not specify where.

He was arrested in the vicinity of the Israeli settlement of Kokhav Yaakov.

Following a wave of stabbing and vehicle attacks in 2015 and 2016, Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis in the West Bank have slowly become less frequent.

However Israel's army and security agencies have said they have thwarted hundreds of attacks through intelligence networks and the adoption of technology that scans Palestinians' social media accounts to identify those who may be planning an assault.

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