Police Arrest Palestinian Teen on Suspicion of Raping 16-year-old Girl in Tel Aviv

The teen, who did not have a permit to enter Israel, is suspected of committing other indecent acts on women and girls in the past several weeks

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Eyal Warshavsky

A Palestinian teenager was arrested in the West Bank village of Kabalan on Wednesday on suspicion that he raped a 16-year-old girl who had been walking down the street in Tel Aviv.

He is also suspected of committing other indecent acts against women and other girls in recent weeks.

Israeli police arrested the suspect, who did not have a permit to enter Israel, in a raid on the village near Nablus following an undercover investigation. He was located by Israeli border police who were disguised as Palestinians. The Tel Aviv Juvenile Court on Wednesday ordered that he remain in custody for five days.

In an unrelated case about a month ago, a West Bank Palestinian man was arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl in the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod. And in May, Israeli police arrested Mohammed Qatusa, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank village of Deir Qadis, on suspicion of raping a 7-year-old girl in a West Bank settlement. Qatusa was charged with rape but the military prosecutor withdrew the charges after further investigation.