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Israel detains 13 in West Bank, 2 charities shut down

July 3, 2014 10:24 A.M. (Updated: July 3, 2014 4:46 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians and closed down two charities in the West Bank overnight Wednesday as part of a manhunt to find two men accused of kidnapping and killing three Israeli youths.

In Beit Kahlil, Israeli forces used explosives to blow open the main door of an Islamic charity and emptied all of the contents onto a military truck.

Palestinian youths responded by hurling stones at Israeli forces, who fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at locals.

In Surif, northwest of Hebron, a group of settlers surrounded a Palestinian home, leading to clashes with locals.

Israeli forces arrived at the scene and fired rubber-coated bullets at local Palestinians, injuring Salih Jibril Abu Fara, Alaa Sabri Abu Salih and Hammad Jamal Hmeidat.

Israeli forces raided el-Arrub refugee camp in Hebron and ransacked several homes, while in Hebron Abed Nimir al-Zeir was detained after soldiers ransacked his house.

An Israeli army spokesman said 13 Palestinians were detained overnight and two charities were closed down as part of "ongoing operations."

Israel has detained hundreds of Palestinians, killed 6, and injured dozens as part of a large-scale detention campaign following the disappearance of three Israeli youths on June 12.

Their bodies were found in a shallow grave near Halhul on Monday.

Last week, the Israeli military officially identified Marwan al-Qawasmeh, 29, and Ammar Abu Eisha, 33, as the two main suspects in the kidnapping of the youths.

The West Bank campaign has systematically targeted Hamas members and institutions, despite the group having categorically denied involvement in the kidnapping.
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