Palestinian girl, 14, arrested at Qalandiya checkpoint

18:00 Dec 4 2014 Beit Duqqu

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- 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.

Video footage published by The Jerusalem Post showed Israeli forces using what appears to be pepper-spray to overpower the girl. She is then wrestled to the ground by several border police officers.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian youth was shot with live fire in the lower extremities during clashes west of Ramallah.

Israeli forces opened fire in Beitillu village after residents protested the closure of the village for the past week.
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