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Israeli forces detain girl in Hebron after alleged stabbing attempt

Aug. 9, 2016 4:38 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2016 6:47 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Tuesday detained a Palestinian girl near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron for an alleged stabbing attempt, according to Israeli police.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the Palestinian girl took a knife out of her handbag once she reached the Israeli checkpoint near the mosque and “ran towards the soldiers.” Israeli forces reportedly pepper-sprayed the girl before detaining her.

Al-Samri added that no injuries were reported among Israeli forces.

The age of the girl remained unknown.

Issa Amro, a local activist and director of Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements, told Ma’an that Palestinians were being detained in the H2 area of the Old City -- the area under complete Israeli military control -- on an almost daily basis, and that scores of Palestinians have been detained for allegedly possessing knives.

Amro added that restrictions on Palestinian movement in the H2 area had also exacerbated tensions, as Palestinians between 15 and 30 years old who were not registered as residents of H2 were banned from entering the area, separating families and friends while forcing Palestinians to attempt to evade Israeli restrictions in order to continue with their normal lives.

At least 217 Palestinians and some 32 Israelis have been killed since a wave of violence erupted across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel since October, while scores of Palestinians have been detained for allegedly possessing knives or attempting to carry out stabbing attacks.

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