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Israeli forces detain Palestinian for alleged knife possession

Oct. 22, 2018 4:24 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 11:13 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian for allegedly planning to carry out a stabbing attack at the Huwwara military checkpoint, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Monday afternoon.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the Palestinian was detained for allegedly having a knife in his possession and was planning to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers deployed at the Huwwara checkpoint.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed down the Huwwara checkpoint in both directions until they managed to detain the Palestinian.

The Palestinian was identified as a resident from Beita village, however, his name remained unknown.

Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinians, many of them minors, for allegedly being in possession of knives following a spate of alleged and actual small-scale knife attacks by Palestinians that surged in the fall of 2015.

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.

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