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Israeli forces cause fire in Ramallah money exchange office during dawn raid

April 14, 2016 11:11 A.M. (Updated: April 14, 2016 3:30 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a money exchange office in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah at dawn on Thursday, causing a fire in the building.

Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades in the al-Ajouli currency exchange service, causing a fire which spread inside the building.

Palestinian civil defense fire trucks put out the fire.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the business overnight in order to confiscate “terror funds.”

When the owner of the company, identified by locals as Hajj Ghazi al-Ajouli, refused to open the safe, “forces attempted to open it with a controlled detonation,” the spokesperson added, causing a “fire to ignite.”

She said that the incident would be investigated.

Al-Ajouli was detained by the Israeli forces during the raid.

Clashes erupted in the area between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces deployed across the adjoining cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh, notably on al-Quds street, where the currency exchange office is located.

Thursday reportedly marked the third Israeli raid on the al-Ajouli money exchange office.

Israeli forces carry out overnight detention raids daily across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of February.
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