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Bethlehem Mufti says soldiers ransacked home

Aug. 21, 2011 10:03 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 7:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted and detained a Palestinian man during a raid on the home of the Mufti of Bethlehem overnight Saturday, the sheikh said.

Sheikh Abdul-Majid Ata Amarna said troops raided his home in Duheisha refugee camp shortly before dawn prayers searching for his son Usayd, a journalist for Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV.

"When the soldiers raided my home, I asked them to wait before entering the different rooms so women could put on their head scarves and change their sleeping clothes, but instead of waiting they started firing inside the house injuring my brother-in-law, 27-year-old Bakr Badarin" the cleric told Ma'an.

He said Badarin was hit by a live bullet to his thigh, but soldiers refused to allow Palestinian Red Crescent medics to treat him and detained the injured man and the sheikh's son Usayd Amarna.

The family learned later that Badarin was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.
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