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Mass detentions across West Bank spark clashes

June 27, 2013 11:23 A.M. (Updated: June 28, 2013 1:58 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army detained 19 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Wednesday as clashes broke out in the Beit Ummar village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron following the detentions.

Popular Committee spokesman Mohammad Awad in Beit Ummar said 12 military vehicles entered the village, raing the al-Tarbeiqa and al-Khlia areas. Three Palestinians were detained, of which two handed themselves over to the army, he said.

Jihad Abu Hashim, 22, was detained following a raid on the family home, as well as Muhammad Awad, 20, and Bassam Ikhlayel, 48. All three were previously detained and were held in Israeli jails, he added. Abu Hashim was released only a few months ago.

Brothers Ali and Ramzi Ikhlayel, 18 and 19 respectively, handed themselves over to the army, Awwad said.

The detentions sparked clashes with Israeli forces, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring three teenagers. Awwad said they were treated on site. Several suffered from tear-gas inhalation, he added.

Stones, rocks and Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Israeli army jeep, he added, saying one vehicle was damaged.

Clashes also broke out in Jenin after Israeli forces raided a number of homes and detained recently-released prisoner Wasfi Qabha.

Meanwhile, eight Palestinians were detained the Ramallah-area village of al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya, the Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Ministry said, denouncing the arrests.

The ministry said 100 military vehicles raided the village, with some forces descending from a helicopter. Sounds bombs and tear gas were used in the operation, the ministry added.

Three Al-Aqsa Brigades members, who were exempt from arrest, were also detained in Nablus.

The Israeli army further said it made arrests in Qalandiya, Tubas and Jarushiya, a village in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem.

The Israeli army did not elaborate further on the reason for the higher than average number of detentions.

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