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Palestinian reportedly flees from Israeli forces after attempting to infiltrate settlement

Aug. 20, 2017 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2017 1:29 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian reportedly attempted to sneak into into the illegal Israeli settlement of Ateret in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Saturday night, according to Israeli media.

Hebrew-language news sites reported that Israeli forces "foiled an attempt" by the man to sneak into the settlement with a ladder, but the Palestinian was able to flee the scene towards the neighboring Palestinian city of Rawabi.

Israeli forces reportedly found the abandoned ladder beside the settlement's exterior separation fence.

Security camera footage was published by Israeli media purporting to show the alleged infiltrator escaping from the scene.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the report.

There are some 196 illegal settlements recognized by the Israeli government scattered across the occupied Palestinian territory, all considered illegal under international law, which are widely regarded by world leaders and human rights groups as one of the main impediments to peace in the region.
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