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Israeli forces detain Palestinian youth near Qalqiliya

Oct. 13, 2018 12:50 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2018 4:07 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Security detained a Palestinian youth overnight Friday near the Israeli Eliyahu checkpoint, in southern Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, on the suspicions that he carried a knife.

Hebrew-language news sites reported that Israeli forces detained a 19-year-old Palestinian allegedly intended to carry out an attack; an Israeli security guard suspected the youth and detained him.

Rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases, also denouncing what they have termed as a "shoot-to-kill" policy against alleged attackers who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner -- amid a backdrop of impunity for Israeli forces who have committed the killings.

Eyewitnesses have also said in a number of cases that Israeli security forces planted knives on slain or imprisoned Palestinians to claim that they were acting in self-defense during a stabbing attack.

Meanwhile, rights groups have widely documented the abuse and mistreatment of Palestinians by Israeli forces and the harsh interrogation practices used to force their confessions.

According to Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, there are currently 5640 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons.
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