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Israel detains Palestinian for attempting to bring in Roman statue

A Palestinian was arrested by Israeli officials for bringing a Roman statue across the border from Jordan into the occupied West Bank on 7 February 2017.
A Palestinian was arrested by Israeli officials for bringing a Roman statue across the border from Jordan into the occupied West Bank on 7 February 2017.

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth on Tuesday while he attempted to return to the occupied West Bank from Jordan carrying tourist memorabilia through the Allenby Bridge.

According to Hebrew language news sites, the unidentified youth from the Nablus district village of Beita was detained for allegedly attempting to bring a small Roman statue from Jordan into the Palestinian territory.

There are strict regulations on the transporting of products between Jordan and the West Bank.

Sites reported that the youth had said during interrogations with Israeli authorities that he had bought the statue from a commercial shop in Jordan.

A hearing into his case will be held in court today with Israeli authorities set to decide whether or not to extend his detention.

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