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December 10, 2015 12:57 pm

3 Knife-Wielding Palestinians Apprehended on Verge of Committing Stabbing Attack in Northern Israeli City

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The knives Afula police apprehended on three suspects from Jenin. Photo: screenshot

The knives Afula police apprehended on three suspects from Jenin. Photo: screenshot

Israeli police believe they thwarted a major stabbing attack in Afula after arresting two minors and another young man from Jenin in the West Bank, each with large knives in their position, Israeli site nrg reported on Thursday.

Police apprehended the three on Sderot Arlozorov, a promenade running through the center of the city where two Israelis were stabbed by a Jenin man a few months ago. Officers were responding to concerned calls from disquieted residents who identified the three West Bank teenagers and reported them to police.

One of the suspects was seen by approaching officers throwing an object, which turned out to be a large knife. Police frisked the other two and found two additional knives, each with similar 9-inch blades.

Police said that while questioning the three about their intentions, the three admitted they came to Afula to ‘stir up trouble.'”

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A poll by the Peace Index, a long-term study at the Jerusalem-based think tank the Israel Democracy Institute, revealed on Tuesday that more than two thirds of Israelis are fearful of a random stabbing attack. For over two months, Israeli police and security forces have been on higher alert to combat a wave of terrorist attacks — stabbings, shootings, car-rammings — aimed at Israeli civilians and soldiers.

While most of the near-daily attacks have occurred in Jerusalem and the West Bank, there have also been stabbings in Israeli cities like Tel Aviv, Beersheba and Ra’anana. In addition to the stabbing attack on October 8 in Afula, another Palestinian woman, 30, was shot and killed by police on October 9 after brandishing a knife and lunging at a security guard.

The Israeli government has called on Israelis to remain vigilant amid the current wave of attacks and to report suspicious behavior. Gun laws were relaxed to allow for more armed civilians.

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