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Israeli forces raid East Jerusalem villages overnight, injure 16

April 21, 2016 10:03 A.M. (Updated: April 21, 2016 3:37 P.M.)
Israeli police raided a metal workshop in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Abu Dis in the early hours of April 21, 2016. (Credit: Israeli police)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out raids in the villages of al-Eizariya and Abu Dis in occupied East Jerusalem early on Thursday, injuring 16 Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas and detaining a youth.

Israeli forces raided two metal workshops, a carpentry workshop, several stores and homes, before detaining a young Palestinian at one of the workshops.

Witnesses told Ma'an that raids began at around midnight and lasted until 5 a.m.

Israeli forces raided and searched the house and carpentry shop of Abu Dis resident Ibrahim Ayyad, blowing off the shop’s main door in the process, Amjad Bader told Ma'an.

Bader added that Israeli forces fired heavy amounts of tear gas near Ayyad’s house before and during the raid.

Clashes erupted in the village between Israeli forces and Palestinians during the raid, with Israeli soldiers firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at residents of Abu Dis.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics said that 16 Palestinians were injured during the clashes, including four who were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets and 12 who suffered from tear gas suffocation.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli police and border police forces found ammunition and raw material during its raids in al-Eizariya and Abu Dis.

Two of the raided workshops were allegedly used to make explosive devices and weapons, she added, saying that Israeli forces would demolish them.

Al-Samri said the detained youth was taken in for questioning at a police station in the illegal settlement of Maale Adumim.

Israeli forces have intensified raids in East Jerusalem in the past several days since an explosive device went off in a Jerusalem bus on Monday, injuring 20 Israelis and killing a 19-year-old Palestinian, who reportedly carried out the bombing, the Hamas movement claimed on Wednesday.
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