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Palestinian woman allegedly detained for knife possession in Hebron

Nov. 1, 2016 5:21 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2016 9:48 P.M.)
(Credit: Israeli forces)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli media reported on Tuesday that Israeli security forces “thwarted a potential stabbing attack,” after they stopped a Palestinian woman who allegedly had knives in her possession near the Ibrahimi mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the incident took place on Tuesday morning, and that after the woman aroused the suspicion of Israeli security forces in the area, they searched her and found two knives in her possession.

An Israeli border 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 wave of unrest om which 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since October 2015.

In the same time period, 237 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers, at least 28 of whom were killed in the city of Hebron. 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.

The entire Hebron district, as well as Hebron’s Old City, where the Ibrahimi Mosque is located, has been a flashpoint for the unrest.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after a US-born settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control in a sector known as H2.
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