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Israeli forces detain Palestinian minor for alleged stabbing attempt

Oct. 23, 2018 3:35 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 4:27 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a 17-year-old Palestinian for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier, on Tuesday afternoon, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron City, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported the Palestinian refused to be searched by Israeli forces as he was crossing through an Israeli military checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron City. However, as he was passed through a metal detector, it appeared he had a knife in his possession and was called upon to be personally searched.

During the search, the Palestinian reportedly pointed the knife towards Israeli soldier in an attempt to carry out a stabbing attack.

Local sources told Ma'an that the Palestinian, Wadie Abu Turki, was immediately detained.

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.

Hebron in particular grew as the epicenter of upheaval, with a number of Palestinians having been shot while being detained at military checkpoints in the area.

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.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,640 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 270 are child prisoners and 50 are under the age of 16.
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