World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police forces on Friday detained a Palestinian girl for allegedly planning to stab an Israeli police officer in the West Bank city of Hebron.
A 17-year-old girl was detained at a checkpoint outside the city's Ibrahimi Mosque after she gave up a knife which was inside her bag, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
The girl, who has yet to be identified, initially refused to be searched by Israeli forces at the checkpoint but eventually "took out a knife from her bag and dropped it on the floor," Samri said.
"The girl said during a preliminary questioning that she had been planning to stage a stabbing attack on a police member," she said.
The girl was referred to investigation, the spokeswoman added.
Palestinian officials were not immediately available for comment.
Tension has been running high in the West Bank and Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel briefly closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after an extremist rabbi was injured in a drive-by shooting in West Jerusalem.
Unrest mounted further when Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man – in a raid on his East Jerusalem home – who had been suspected of having shot the rabbi.
Further aggravating the situation, a number of Israeli parliamentarians have forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in recent weeks, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.
Since then, several Israelis have been killed – and several others injured – in a spate of attacks by Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2014, 11:11