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Israeli forces detain Palestinian girl in Hebron for allegedly possessing knife

May 30, 2017 8:22 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2017 9:41 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli border police detained a 17-year-old Palestinian girl on Tuesday at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron for allegedly possessing a knife. 

According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, Israeli forces were “suspicious” of the girl, and decided to approach her and search her bag when they found a “big kitchen knife.” 

Al-Samri added that the girl “resisted” the detention by ignoring orders given by Israeli forces. However, Israeli forces were able to “control and detain her." 

Israeli forces suspected that the girl was attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli forces and visitors in the area, al-Samri said. 

She added that the teenager was from the Hebron-area village of Taffuh, but did not provide her name. 
Alleged knife found on the teenage girl (Credit: Israeli police)

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 Palestinians by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.

Hebron in particular grew as the epicenter of upheaval, with a number of Palestinians having been shot while being detained at military checkpoints in the area.
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