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Israeli troops shower Bethlehem-area village with tear gas

April 22, 2014 5:20 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2014 4:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a village in the southern West Bank overnight and fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades, locals said Tuesday.

Witnesses told Ma'an that two Israeli military vehicles entered the village of Tuqu near Bethlehem and fired tear gas and stun grenades without being provoked.

The tear gas canisters and stun grenades smashed through the windows of several houses in the village, causing a small fire to break out in one of them, locals added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the army conducted "a routine patrol" in the village, and that a group of Palestinians hurled rocks.

Israeli troops responded with "riot dispersal means," she said.

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