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Israeli forces detain Palestinian in Ramallah district over alleged knife possession

April 14, 2017 2:57 P.M. (Updated: April 14, 2017 2:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly detained a 30-year-old Palestinian from the village of al-Nabi Salih in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah for alleged knife possession on Friday morning.

Hebrew-language sites reported that Israeli forces stopped the man’s vehicle at an Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance of the village.

Israeli forces claimed that after searching the man and his car, they found a knife in the man’s coat, and subsequently detained him.

An Israeli border police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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, with a number of Palestinians having been shot while being detained at military checkpoints.

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 -- most recently in a contested case last month in Hebron.
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