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Israeli forces 'mistakenly' detain man, injure his elderly mother

Jan. 18, 2014 6:22 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2014 10:25 A.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum on Saturday afternoon and detained a man after firing a large number of tear gas canisters towards the village, injuring his elderly mother.

Eyewitnesses said that several military vehicles raided the town while firing tear gas canisters towards local youths, who were throwing stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces.

The Israeli forces subsequently detained Bakr Ali, a 27-year-old local.

His elderly mother was also injured as she choked on the large amounts of tear gas released by canisters fired by the soldiers at the village.

An Israeli spokesman said that Israeli forces detained a suspect "for hurling rocks" but subsequently realized they were "mistaken" and released him.

The Israeli raids come weeks after Israeli forces killed an 85-year-old Palestinian man in Kafr Qaddum after launching a large number of tear gas canisters into residential areas in the village during clashes.

Said Jasir succumbed to his wounds in early January after a canister landed in his house, causing him to choke to death on the smoke.

Protests are held every Friday in Kafr Qaddum against Israel's closure of a main road linking the village to its nearest city, Nablus, as well as against the Israeli occupation more generally.

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