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Israeli forces shoot 2 in Qalandiya refugee camp, detain 3

Dec. 28, 2015 10:58 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2015 1:41 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers in Hebron (AFP/File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians were shot and injured after Israeli forces on Monday raided the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, detaining three residents.

Locals told Ma’an that the forces stormed the camp at 4:00 a.m. and used explosives to break down apartment doors, ransacking several homes and stores in the camp.

Clashes broke out during the raid between the military forces and Palestinian residents of the camp, leaving two injured.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “during an operation to arrest suspects in the Qalandiya refugee camp, a Palestinian crowd assaulted Israeli soldiers, throwing rocks.”

The spokesperson said that Israeli forces used tear gas in order to disperse the crowd but that live fire was not used. The spokesperson could not confirm the total number detained, but said that those detained were suspected for “illegal activity.”

Separately, Israeli forces carried out predawn raids in the Ras al-Ein neighborhood of Nablus in the northern West Bank and detained three Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.

Detainees were identifed as 25-year-old Abdul-Halim al-Sayih, 21-year-old Ahmad Sarwan and 19-year-old Adel al-Fakhouri.

Tensions between residents of the Qalandiya refugee camp and Israeli military forces sparked in recent weeks, with frequent clashes breaking out between armed residents -- believed to be affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades -- and the forces.

Israeli forces on Friday entered the camp and took measurements in preparation for the demolition of three homes in the camp belonging to Palestinian residents killed while carrying out attacks on Israeli military.

Four Palestinians from the Qalandiya refugee camp were killed last week, three while carrying out attacks and the fourth during clashes with Israeli forces inside the camp.
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