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Israeli forces detain Palestinian for alleged knife possession near Nablus

Aug. 21, 2017 2:28 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2017 2:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth for knife possession at a junction near the village of Burin, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, Hebrew media reported on Monday. 

Reports said a male “youth” was detained by Israeli forces who claimed he was on his way to conduct a stabbing attack using a knife allegedly in his possession. 

The Palestinian was transferred to interrogation. 

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Scores of Palestinians have been detained in the past two years for alleged possession of knives since a wave of unrest began in October 2015.

While Israeli leaders often point to Palestinian “incitement” as the cause of such cases, and often attempt to connect them to the so-called “war on terror,” Palestinians have instead cited the daily frustrations and routine Israeli military violence imposed by Israel's half century occupation of the Palestinian territory as main drivers for such incidents. 

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