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Israeli forces detain 'wanted' Palestinian for alleged attack

Jan. 10, 2019 2:24 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 2:24 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Assem al-Barghouthi, who has been 'wanted' by Israel since December 13th, during Israeli raids in the Abu Skheidem village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh on predawn Tuesday.

Israel accuses Assem of carrying out an attack killing two Israeli soldiers near Ramallah on December 13, one day after his brother, Saleh, was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli soldiers north of Ramallah.

Israeli forces claim that a Kalashnikov gun and ammunition during the detention raid.

Assem has been 'wanted' by Israeli forces since then; on December 19th, Israeli forces took measurements of al-Barghouthi's home in preparation for its demolition as punishment.

Saleh's family says that Saleh was detained alive and might have died in custody.

Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq had sent a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures regarding the enforced disappearance of al-Barghouthi.

Israeli soldiers claim that Saleh, who they say was allegedly responsible for shooting and injuring seven Israelis days earlier near Ramallah, was shot and critically injured and later died of his wounds.

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