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Israeli forces detain 7 Palestinians from Issawiya in reprisal raid

March 9, 2016 1:21 P.M. (Updated: March 11, 2016 8:00 P.M.)
Israeli police special forces patrol a street in Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian neighbourhood of East Jerusalem on September 18, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians during a raid into the village of al-Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem overnight Wednesday, hours after one of the village's residents shot and wounded two Israeli police officers in central Jerusalem.

Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer with prisoners' rights group Addameer, identified the detainees as Shadi Hamdam, Momen Basil Mahmoud, Yazan Muhammad Abu Asab, Mutasim Muhammad Abu Asab, Nadeem Abdo and Hamza Abu Rmeila.

Mahmoud said Israeli forces also ransacked homes and assaulted family members, as clashes broke out during the raid.

The raid appeared to have been carried out in reprisal for the shooting late on Tuesday afternoon, when village resident Fouad Abu Rajab was shot dead after he shot and wounded two Israeli police officers, one of them critically.

The attack was one of four deadly encounters on Tuesday, with three other Palestinians shot dead after allegedly carrying out separate attacks that left an American tourist dead and at least 12 Israelis wounded.

On Tuesday night, Israeli forces blockaded the occupied West Bank villages of al-Hajja and al-Zawiya in response to two of the other incidents.

Al-Hajja, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, was blockaded after a Palestinian from the village, identified as 22-year-old Bashar Masalha, stabbed and killed an American tourist and injured nine other Israelis in the northern Israeli coastal city of Jaffa. Masalha was shot dead at the scene.

An hour earlier, a Palestinian identified as Abd al-Rahman Radad, 17 and from al-Zawiya village in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit, was shot dead in near Petah Tikva, around seven miles east of Tel Aviv, after he stabbed and injured an Israeli man. The incident was initially reported to have been a brawl, as opposed to an attack.

Israeli forces frequently enter the communities of Palestinians accused of attempted attacks on Israelis. In the occupied West Bank, villages are often blockaded after attacks, while Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and Israel are generally raided and residents detained.
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