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Israeli forces damage Palestinian vehicles in Yabad, clashes ensue

Oct. 27, 2013 11:17 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 3:42 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces damaged Palestinian vehicles during clashes early Sunday in the village of Yabad southwest of Jenin, locals told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers drove through the village after midnight, spoke through a loudspeaker using offensive language and damaged at least two Palestinian vehicles.

The vehicles belong to residents Ahmad Taher Zeid al-Kilani and Mohammad Hamarsheh, locals added.

Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces following the raid, witnesses told Ma'an. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas grenades and sound bombs while Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation, locals said. No detentions were reported.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

These clashes come as Israeli forces in the village reportedly continue to occupy an inhabited Palestinian house. Stationing themselves on the roof of the house, soldiers claim to be using it as an outpost to monitor neighborhood activity.

The occupation of the house comes after a Palestinian near Yabad reportedly hurled an improvised explosive device at an Israeli settler school bus early Friday morning.

Israeli forces frequently impose closures and take over houses in Yabad due to its proximity to two Israeli settlements. Israeli forces have kept the western entrance to the village closed since August, while they periodically set up checkpoints at the eastern entrance.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank forms a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
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