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Israeli forces raid Bethlehem areas, injure 2 in clashes

Jan. 3, 2016 12:55 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2016 5:05 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Sunday raided Palestinian communities across the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank leaving two injured in clashes locals said.

Israeli forces stormed the Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem where clashes broke out after soldiers detained a camp resident.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the forces besieged the home of Rami Abu Hadeed and detained his brother Raed. Israeli snipers reportedly deployed on the rooftop of the building in order target Palestinians throwing stones at the forces.

Two Palestinians were shot and injured with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets and transferred to the hospital for medical treatment, locals said.

Clashes also erupted when Israeli forces raided the nearby town of Beit Jala north of Bethlehem, storming homes belonging to the Sarasra and Jawareesh families, locals said.

Locals told Ma’an that soldiers stopped a number of cars driving through the town, checking identities and searching for video footage surveilling houses near the Beit Jala Orthodox Club.

Seperately, a Palestinian man from al-Tur reportedly filed a complaint after was shot near the tunnel road west of Beit Jala Saturday night.

An Israeli army spokesperson had no immediate information on Israeli military activity in the Bethlehem area.

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