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Israeli forces detain 3 minors from Bethlehem

May 27, 2015 4:17 P.M. (Updated: May 28, 2015 12:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the town of Al-Khadr in southern Bethlehem for the third time this month, detaining two minors on Wednesday.

Deputy head of the Al-Khadr municipality Ismail Issa said that those detained were Osamah Suleiman Hammad Salah, 15, and Hisham Muhammad Hisham Mousa, 16.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided several other homes in addition, delivering a notice to Omar Abd al-Salam Salah, ordering him take his son Yazan, 14, to the Etzion detention center.

Yazan is now being held by Israeli intelligence interrogators at the center, Issa said.

The Al-Khadr youth were three of 23 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces from throughout the West Bank early Wednesday morning for "illegal activity," according to an Israeli army spokeswoman.

Al-Kahdr youth have been targeted several times this month by Israeli forces, Wednesday's incidents bringing the total number of teenage residents detained from the town this month to 11.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the four arrests at the time, alleging that they were detained for "involvement in criminal activity and riots."

During a raid on May 20, Israeli forces reportedly distributed a statement in the area threatening to "interfere" with the lives of young men who continue to hurl stones at Israeli vehicles traveling on the bypass roads near the town.

Al-Khadr residents have regularly clashed with Israeli forces since Jewish-only settlements have slowly grabbed land from locals and the erection of the Israeli separation wall severed locals from their farmland.

Most recently, Israeli forces razed lands near Al-Khadr in April in order to build a road to a new settlement, with 400 dunums (0.4 square kilometers) of land threatened with future construction of a settlement outpost.
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