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Witnesses: Israeli forces raid Jenin village, injure dozens

Oct. 13, 2013 3:37 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2013 9:45 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Seven Israeli military vehicles entered the Palestinian village of Jaba in the northern West Bank district of Jenin on Sunday, eyewitnesses said.

During the raid, clashes broke out between local Palestinians and Israeli forces in the Ein al-Sharqiya neighborhood.

Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces who responded by firing tear gas grenades and sound bombs toward Palestinians and their properties, witnesses said.

A Israeli army spokeswoman said that security forces responded to "several people hurling rocks" with "riot dispersal means."

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as a result of the clashes, witnesses said.

Israeli forces were stationed in the village for an hour before repositioning themselves at the main entrance to the village, locals said.

No detentions were reported.

Asked why the Israeli military vehicles had entered the village, the army spokeswoman responded that forces often drive around the area.

"It's just routine," she said.
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