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Palestinian woman detained at Hebron checkpoint for allegedly carrying knife

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HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday morning for allegedly carrying a knife, Israeli police reported.Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli border police stopped and searched a Palestinian woman in her twenties at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque, and found a knife in her possession. The woman, a Hebron resident, was taken in for questioning, the statement added.Israeli news outlet Ynet wrote that the woman allegedly attempted to sneak into the area near Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque with a group of tourists.A young Palestinian woman, identified as 27-year-old Sarah Tarayra, was killed on Friday by Israeli forces after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli border police office at the Ibrahimi Mosque area checkpoint.That same day, Israeli forces detained a 15-year-old Palestinian girl at the same checkpoint for allegedly having a knife in her possession, according to Israeli border police.The Hebron area has been underIsraeli military closure since Friday amid a massive manhunt for the suspect responsible for a shooting attackwhich left an Israeli man dead, his wife critically injured, and two of his children lightly to moderately injured while driving in their car near the illegal Otniel settlement south of Hebron.The recent closure on the district of Hebron is said to be the greatest closure placed inside the occupied West Bank since 2014, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and then killed.In less than two days last week, three Palestinians have been killed after allegedly carrying out attacks which killed two Israelis, and a fourth died during clashes, marking an uptick in violence after a few months of relative reprieve from a wave of violence and unrest which has swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel since October, leaving more than 220 Palestinians and some 32 Israelis killed.The Hebron area in particular grew as the epicenter of upheaval, with Israeli authorities severely restricting the movement of Palestinians by declaring the area of Tel Rumeida and other parts of the Old City as a “closed military zone” for several months in November amid dozens of incidents in which more than 40 Palestinians were killed.Israel’s response to attacks — such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks — has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law.

(Source / 07.07.2016)

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