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Israeli police detain Palestinian teenager over stab attack carried out 2 months ago

Dec. 20, 2016 9:08 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2016 9:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Israeli police Tuesday detained a 17-year-old Palestinian from the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem after he allegedly stabbed an Israeli border officer near the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Adar two months ago, according to Israeli media. 

Israeli media reported that the border police officer was “lightly wounded in the shoulder” during the stabbing, adding that Israeli authorities had discovered during their investigations that the suspect had “for a long period observed the security forces moving adjacent to the security fence in the vicinity of his house and had noted their movements.”

On the day of the attack, Israeli media said the Palestinian teenager had “stalked” Israeli border police, and soon after attacked one of the officers and wounded him in the shoulder before escaping. 

The identity of the Palestinian teenager was unknown as of Tuesday. 

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an he was not familiar with the detention of  the teenager. 

Israeli forces have detained a number of Palestinians for alleged attacks in recent months following an uptick in violence across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel since last October, which has left some 34 Israelis dead since October.

In the same time period, 244 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers. 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.

Israeli forces have come under heavy criticism over the past year over their often deadly use of force against Palestinians suspected of attempting attacks who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been detained through non-lethal means.
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