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Israeli forces detain Palestinian teen, injure taxi driver in Hebron

April 14, 2016 11:25 P.M. (Updated: April 15, 2016 1:09 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teen was arrested and a taxi driver was injured by Israeli forces Thursday evening near the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained Diya' Khalil Odeh Al-Alami,16, and took him to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kermei Tzur south of Beit Ummar.

In a separate incident near Beit Ummar, taxi driver Raed Ahmad Miflih Adi,40, was reportedly injured in the head when Israeli forces extracted him from his car and took him to a military tower at the entrance of al-Arroub refugee camp.

Israeli forces later handed him over to the Palestinian Red Crescent who took him to Hebron Governmental Hospital where he was treated for moderate wounds, Awad said.

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent did not have further details on the two incidents in Hebron.

Awad added that Israeli forces also closed shops at the entrance of Beit Ummar and prevented vehicles from entering the area.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

The incidents come after a Palestinian was shot and killed in the area by Israeli forces Thursday at the entrance of the al-Arroub refugee camp in the Hebron district, after he reportedly attempted to attack a soldier with an ax.

Ibrahim Baradiya is among over 200 Palestinians to be killed since violence increased in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October, the majority of whom were shot dead while carrying out small-scale attacks that have left just under 30 Israelis dead.

Closing main roads and increasing detentions have been customary practices by the Israeli military in areas near to where alleged attacks against Israelis have taken place.

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