Israeli sources claimed that the army managed, late on Saturday evening, to foil an attack on the Migdal Oz Israeli settlement, in the Gush Etzion settlement block, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.Israeli online daily, The Jerusalem Post, has reported that soldiers of the Kfir Infantry Brigade arrested four Palestinians allegedly carrying three knives and what was described as an improvised weapon.

The four were reportedly trying to cross the settlement fence when undercover soldiers were dispatched to the scene and, then, arrested them. They were moved to an interrogation facility in Gush Etzion.

The Jerusalem Post stated that Captain Nir Mor, commander of the 96th Kfir Brigade, said the arrest “prevented an attack that could have been very serious”, and that the arrest was carried out after the army received a report from the “Control Room”.

Israel believes that Palestinian fighters are increasing their activities against Israeli settlements and soldiers, and that it recently managed to foil several attempts.