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Israeli forces detain Palestinian youth suspected in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Aug. 17, 2016 8:01 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2016 8:17 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian youth was detained over suspicions of alleged involvement in a stabbing attack in occupied East Jerusalem last week, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

According to news site Ynet, Israeli intelligence reported that it had detained Ahmad Naim, a 19-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, for allegedly being involved in a stabbing attack on Thursday in which an Israeli youth was lightly injured.

Stabbing attacks have become more frequent since the beginning of a wave of unrest in October which has spread across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. During this time period, some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians and 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers.

Naim was also accused of having thrown rocks at Israeli forces, Ynet added.

An ongoing crackdown has taken place in recent months on Palestinian youth by Israeli police in East Jerusalem, as Palestinian communities in the occupied city have begun to feel the impact of Israeli legislation passed between 2014 and 2015 increasing penalties for rock throwing, which allows for stone throwers to receive a 20-year prison sentence where intent to harm could be proven, and up to 10 years where it could not.
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