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Israeli forces detain Palestinian teen allegedly carrying knife near Ramallah area settlement

July 13, 2016 10:48 A.M. (Updated: July 13, 2016 5:23 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teen for allegedly possessing a knife Wednesday morning near the illegal Naale settlement near the town of Bilin in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that a "suspect" carrying a knife was detained near the Naale settlement Wednesday, but could not confirm the teenager's identity.

The teen was reportedly transferred for interrogation to the Israeli intelligence, according to Israeli media.

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for being in possession of knives in recent months following a spate of attacks by Palestinians that have left some 32 Israelis dead since October.

In the same period, more than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers. While Israel alleges 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.

In fewer than two days last week, three Palestinians were killed after allegedly carrying out attacks which killed two Israelis, and a fourth Palestinian died during clashes, marking an uptick in violence after a few months of relative reprieve from a wave of violence and unrest which has swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel since the fall of last year.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian youth in the early hours on Wednesday after he inadvertently stumbled upon an Israeli night raid in the West Bank town of al-Ram.
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