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Palestinian shot after trying to stab border police with scissors in West Bank

Israeli security forces inspect the scene of an attempted stabbing of Israeli civilians near Hebron in the occupied West Bank on November 5, 2018
HAZEM BADER (AFP)
On Monday, a Palestinian man was shot after attempting to commit a stabbing attack in the West Bank

A Palestinian woman was shot after she attempted to stab Israeli border police officers with scissors at a gas station on Tuesday near the West Bank settlement Kfar Adumim.

Local media reported that the woman drew a sharp object and attempted to stab the officers, who then shot and subdued the assailant.

The assailant was neutralized at the scene and no injuries to officers were reported, the Israel Police spokesperson said.

A police statement identified her as a 37-year-old Palestinian from Yata, a town south of Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Police had been alerted to the scene after a civilian reported she was acting in a suspicious way at a falafel shop in the gas station complex and located her, the statement said.

After calling on her to stop, she pulled out scissors from her bag and ran at the officers while yelling in Arabic, it said.

She was shot in the leg and moderately wounded, police said, noting she had also been in possession of a knife. She was evacuated to a nearby hospital in moderate condition, local media reported. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said at a Knesset security briefing that the intelligence organization has thwarted 480 attacks this year in a struggle to maintain “relative calm” in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

A similar incident occurred earlier this week when a Palestinian man was shot after attempting to commit a stabbing attack in the West Bank on Monday.

In a statement following the incident, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said one of its troops "thwarted this attack after he identified a terrorist attempting to stab civilians and an IDF officer. In response, the soldier fired towards the terrorist and neutralized him."

There were no injuries reported aside from the assailant, who was seen in a video circulating on social media lying on the ground, apparently shot in the leg, with IDF troops surrounding him.

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