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Israel detains Palestinian for Facebook post declaring intentions to carry out attack

Sept. 15, 2017 6:46 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 15, 2017 6:47 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian in the town of al-Eizariya in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank during dawn hours on Friday after he allegedly posted a status on Facebook that declared his intentions of carrying out an attack in Israel.

According to Hebrew media, Suliman al-Natsheh published a photo of himself strapped with an explosive belt accompanied by a post that read, “I joined ISIS and I will bomb Israel tonight.”

Hebrew media reported that Israeli investigations have not yet confirmed whether the account belongs to al-Natsheh or if it was a fake account. It also remained unconfirmed if the explosive belt in the picture was real.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an she would look into reports on the detention.

According to Ma'an documentation, 55 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year during actual or alleged attacks, while at least 18 of these Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli forces or during violent Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank.

Since the beginning of 2017, 13 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, almost all of whom were uniformed Israeli officers or Israeli settlers residing in occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law.

Palestinians have often cited the daily frustrations and routine Israeli military violence imposed by Israel's nearly half century occupation of the Palestinian territory as main drivers for political attacks on Israelis.
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