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Israeli forces detain woman in Jerusalem for alleged knife possession

Dec. 24, 2016 5:07 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 24, 2016 5:07 P.M.)
(Photo: Israeli police spokesperson)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman in occupied East Jerusalem Saturday afternoon, with Israeli police claiming the woman intended to carry out a knife attack.

According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, a Palestinian woman was detained after Israeli forces noticed her walking towards them "in a suspicious manner," with her hand in her hand bag to fetch a "suspicious" object.

She said the officers approached the woman carefully before they "controlled and neutralized her"and seized a knife they allegedly found in her bag. 

No injuries were reported. 

The woman was detained and taken to Qishla police station near the Old City. 

The statement identified the woman as holder of a Jerusalem ID, age 35, from the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of the Old City. 

"She told interrogators that she was planning to carry out a terrorist stabbing attack," al-Samri said.

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, 246 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.
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