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Israeli forces detain young woman in Hebron for 'carrying knife'

Nov. 21, 2015 2:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 7:03 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian woman at a military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City for allegedly carrying a knife.

Director of the mosque, Munthir Abu al-Feilat, told a Ma’an reporter in Hebron that Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint detained a woman and took herto a police station in the area, al-Feilat added.

An Israeli police spokesperson for Arab media, Luba al-Samri, said in a statement that a 27-year-old Palestinian woman from the Yatta area of Hebron was detained after Israeli police found a kitchen knife in her possession.

Al-Samri said that Israeli border police officers “noticed a young woman approaching them in a suspicious way” and ordered her to halt.

When the woman “ignored the orders,” officers handcuffed her while another officer pointed a gun at her, the spokesperson said, adding that she was taken for questioning.

The woman is at least the fourth Palestinian this month to be detained at the military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque for allegedly carrying a knife.

Several alleged, attempted, and actual attacks took place on Israeli military forces in the area over the past month.

Hebron’s entire Old City was declared a closed military zoneearlier this month,with shops forced to close and residents having to register for special permits to cross through the 18 military checkpoints in the city center.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem called the measures in Hebron "draconian" and constituting "collective punishment."
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