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Palestinian detained for carrying knife near Ibrahimi mosque

Dec. 22, 2015 12:38 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 22, 2015 2:53 P.M.)
Israeli forces walk through the streets of Hebron, in the West Bank. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained a Palestinian near the al-Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron’s Old City for carrying a knife, locals said.

Munther Abu al-Faylat, head of the mosque, told Ma’an that “a Palestinian in her 20’s was on her way to the mosque with a knife in her hand” when Israeli soldiers rushed the young woman and detained her.

A local activist, Raed abu Rmeila, said that he was prevented by Israeli forces from documenting her detention, and told Ma’an he saw the woman “tied up with chains with blood on her face.”

The woman has not yet been identified, and an Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for possession of knives in recent months following a spate of attacks by Palestinians that have left 19 Israelis dead since the beginning of October.

In the same period, more than 120 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israelis. While Israel alleged many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

Hebron’s Old City has been at the epicenter of the recent tensions and was declared a closed military zone last month, with entrance only allowed to Palestinian residents of the Israeli-controlled H2 area as well as Israeli settlers that live in illegal settlements across the area.

A Palestinian woman was detained Monday at a Hebron checkpoint for reportedly drawing a knife during a security check at a military checkpoint, one day after a 35-year-old Palestinian was shot near a checkpoint in Hebron’s Old City after she attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

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