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Israeli forces detain 18, injure Bethlehem teen

June 28, 2014 10:18 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2014 10:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A teenage Palestinian boy was injured during clashes south of Bethlehem late Friday between local young men and Israeli troops who raided a refugee camp and detained two men.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that a 15-year-old boy in in Duheisha refugee camp was injured by shrapnel and evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala.

The sources highlighted that local young men clashed with the soldiers during a predawn detention raid. The soldiers fired live ammunition as well as rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters. Many residents chocked on tear gas which Israeli troops fired heavily in the alleys of the very densely populated camp.

The soldiers eventually detained 47-year-old Nidal Naim Abu Akar and 38-year-old Shadi Issa Maali.

Separately, Israeli troops raided the al-Saff neighborhood of Bethlehem and detained 40-year-old Walid Muhammad al-Bustanji from his home.

Israeli forces also stormed the Bethlehem-area village of Marah Rabah and detained 40-year-old Ahmad Qasim al-Sheikh.

In Ramallah district in the central West Bank, Israeli forces detained chief clerk of the Ramallah court Yahya Salah Ata from his home in the village of Deir Abu Mashal.

In addition, Israeli troops detained 22-year-old Muhammad Jamal Nasser, a student of French language at Al-Najah National University in Nablus.

Israeli forces also raided the al-Bathan area north of Nablus and detained a former Palestinian prisoner, according to Palestinian security sources.

The sources told Ma'an that former Hamas-affiliated prisoner Jaafar Ahmad Dababsa was detained from his home.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said 18 Palestinians were detained overnight.

She said 12 of them were "Hamas operatives."
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