Friday, 5 December 2014

Palestinian girl, 14, arrested at Qalandiya checkpoint


Israeli forces arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian girl at Qalandiya checkpoint on Thursday evening after allegedly wielding a knife at border police.

Yathrib Salah Rayyan, 14, from Beit Duqqu village northwest of Jerusalem, was overpowered by Israeli forces as she walked in the car lane leading to the military checkpoint.

Witnesses initially said that the girl had been shot twice by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that a "female Palestinian suspect" approached a "civilian security guard" at Qalandiya carrying a knife.

Israeli border police fired shots in the air and then detained the girl, she said. The suspect is currently being interrogated, she added.

Witnesses at the scene refute claims that she attempted to stab a soldier. more

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