(Credit: Israeli police)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian teenager was detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday for allegedly carrying a knife, Israeli police said.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that border police detained a 17-year-old resident of Hebron at the Ibrahimi Mosque checkpoint in the Old City, adding that the teenager had a knife.
Rosenfeld said that the Palestinian was being questioned by Israeli forces.
The incident occurred a day after Israeli forces denied eyewitness reports that an Israeli soldier had attempted to plant a knife on a Palestinian teen at a checkpoint in Hebron’s Old City.
Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives in the past year following a spate of alleged and actual small-scale knife attacks by Palestinians that surged in the fall of 2015.
Rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases, also denouncing what they have termed as a "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner -- amid a backdrop of impunity for Israeli forces who have committed the killings.
Eyewitnesses have also said in a number of cases that Israeli security forces planted knives on slain Palestinians to claim that they were acting in self-defense during a stabbing attack.
Meanwhile, rights groups have widely documented the abuse and mistreatment of Palestinian children by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.