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Family of Palestinian woman denies she was planning attack in Israel

Jan. 11, 2016 3:25 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2016 10:07 A.M.)
A photo purportedly of Diana Ibrahim was published by Israel's Channel 10.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian family from the Ramallah-district village of Beit Sira on Monday denied Israeli media reports that a young woman from their family had intended to carry out a suicide attack in southern Israel.

Israeli news sites, including the Jerusalem Post and Ynet, reported Monday morning that Israeli police were searching for a woman that had entered Israel from the occupied West Bank with the intention of carrying out a suicide bombing.

They identified the woman as Diana Ibrahim from Beit Sira, with Israel's Channel 10 publishing a photo purportedly showing her.

However, Imad Hammad, the woman's brother, told Ma'an: "She hasn't left her home. Everything Israeli police claimed about her was false and definitely baseless."

Hammad said that his family had contacted the Palestinian liaison department as well as the Ramallah governor's office over the incident.

Police in southern Israeli reportedly detained a Palestinian man, who Israeli media sites said had intended to drive the would-be suicide attacker into Israel.

Israeli news sites later confirmed that the initial reports of a security threat were false, and Ynet reported that Israeli authorities were looking into the possibility that "the whole event was a hoax."

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an there had been three hours of "heightened security" in southern Israel on Monday morning, but said the situation had since returned to normal.

He said that he did not believe Israeli police had named Diana Ibrahim as the suspect.
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