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Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian killed by Israeli soldier, detain 2

March 27, 2016 12:36 P.M. (Updated: March 27, 2016 10:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces targeted the family of Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif and detained two Palestinians during predawn raids Sunday in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron, locals said.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village of Jabal Abu Rumman and stormed the home of Khalid Yusri al-Sharif, 25, the brother of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, who was killed by an Israeli soldier earlier this week in what has been widely condemned as a brutal execution.

Khalid was detained by the Israeli military during the raid. The forces also detained Adeeb Shafiq al-Qawasmi, 20, after raiding his house in Hebron, locals said, adding that forces raided a meeting hall for the al-Tamimi family.

Local sources said military checkpoints were set up at the entrance to al-Fawwar refugee camp and al-Harayiq -- a southern entrance to Hebron -- where Israeli forces searched cars and inspected ID cards.

Israeli forces also injured two Palestinians youths and detained two in predawn raids in al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem area and two were detained in Hebron in predawn raids Sunday, one suspected to be a Hamas operative, and the remaining for “illegal activities.”

The increased security operations by Israeli forces in Hebron come in the aftermath the alleged stab attack by Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif and Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron's Old City Thursday.

The two were both shot by Israeli forces following the incident and Ramzi Aziz was killed immediately.

Minutes later, an Israeli soldier shot the severely wounded Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in the head at point-blank range, which was caught on video by a local human rights worker who has since reported being threatened by Israeli settlers for filming the event.

The Israeli military frequently sets up military checkpoints and increases raid operations in areas near the hometown of an attacker.

Increased military presence spread across the Hebron district in particular following the wave of unrest that spiraled in October, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reporting higher restrictions in the district than any other area across the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli military forces have carried out a weekly average of 94 search and detention raids since the start of 2016 compared to a weekly average of 88 in 2015, according to documentation by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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