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Israeli forces detain Palestinian teen in Hebron for alleged knife possession

Dec. 12, 2017 1:04 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2017 1:09 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers stationed outside the Ibrahimi Mosque (File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian teen on Tuesday near the Ibrahimi mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, for allegedly being in possession of a knife.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a 17-year-old boy while at a military checkpoint at the entrance of the mosque after soldiers claimed the boy had a knife.

The teen was reportedly transferred to Israeli intelligence for interrogation.

Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians, many of the minors, for allegedly being in possession of knives following a spate of alleged and actual small-scale knife attacks by Palestinians that surged in the fall of 2015.

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.

Eyewitnesses have also said in a number of cases that Israeli security forces planted knives on slain or imprisoned Palestinians to claim that they were acting in self-defense during a stabbing attack.

Since US President Donald Trump’s announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, tensions have risen across the occupied Palestinian territory, with clashes, injuries, and arrests every single day.

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