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Israeli forces detain Palestinian woman at Hebron-area checkpoint

Aug. 24, 2016 2:31 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 7:05 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Wednesday detained a Palestinian woman in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron for allegedly carrying a knife, according to locals.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed at the Abu al-Rish checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque stopped 22-year-old Shifa Arif al-Atrash and detained her after searching her bag and allegedly finding a knife in her possession.

According to Israeli media, al-Atrash was transferred for interrogation with Israeli intelligence.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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

In the same time period, 218 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.
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