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2 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces during Bilin protest

Sept. 30, 2016 6:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2016 3:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were reportedly detained on Friday in the West Bank village of Bilin following a protest.

As part of Bilin’s weekly Friday protests, demonstrators headed to a newly built section of the Israeli separation wall, when Israeli forces dispersed them and raided the village, local popular committee coordinator Abdullah Abu Rahmeh told Ma’an.

Abu Rahmeh identified the two detained Palestinians as Abd al-Fattah Burnat and Hamudah al-Sabaawy, adding that Israeli forces seized their vehicles.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they were looking into the reports.

Bilin is one of the most active Palestinian villages in peaceful organized opposition against Israeli policies, as residents have protested every Friday for 11 consecutive years, and have often been met with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades from Israeli forces.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces raided Bilin in the early morning hours, searching several houses and confiscating cell phones and computers belonging to activists from the local popular resistance committee, including Abu Rahmeh.

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