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Israeli forces detains 2 teenage Palestinian girls in Hebron area

Nov. 28, 2016 10:28 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 1:27 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- In two separate incidents, Israeli forces detained two teenage Palestinian girls in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Monday evening.

Local sources told Ma'an that Manar Khalid Ahmad Abu Madi, 18, was detained near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba for allegedly having a knife in her possession.

Israeli forces also detained Aya Salim Abu Markhiya, 16, near the al-Shuhada Street checkpoint in Hebron's Old City. It remained unclear why Markhiya was detained.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of the detentions.

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for allegedly being in possession of knives in recent months following a wave of unrest in which 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since October 2015.

In the same time period, 241 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers, at least 28 of whom were killed in the city of Hebron.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

The entire Hebron district, as well as Hebron’s Old City, has been a flashpoint for the unrest.

Mistreatment of Palestinians in the Hebron area has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after a US-born settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control in a sector known as H2.
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