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Israeli forces detain 7 teens during Bethlehem clashes

Jan. 31, 2014 7:34 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 10:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian teenagers on Friday afternoon during clashes near the northern entrance of Bethlehem.

Witness Bilal al-Kurd said an undercover Israeli unit detained the youths during clashes in the area, and that the youths were taken to the 300 checkpoint just north of the city.

He added that Israeli soldiers also raided the area around a nearby cemetery and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at Palestinians.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

The clashes occurred near Rachel's Tomb, which has been the site of near daily clashes in recent weeks.

The areas around the holy site are a frequent site of clashes because it is surrounded on three sides by the Israeli separation wall despite being in the middle of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem.

Israeli forces have opened fire on local youths during these demonstrations, injuring dozens with live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets over the last two months.
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