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Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policeman

Nov. 1, 2016 10:17 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2016 8:46 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, where they detained the brother of the slain Palestinian police officer who committed a shooting attack that injured three Israelis on Monday.

Ali Zakarna, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Jenin, told Ma'an that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed Qabatiya and ransacked the home of the Turkman family.

After inspecting the house and questioning all family members, Israeli troops detained Muhannad Turkman, 22, whose brother Muhammad, 25, injured three Israeli soldiers after he opened fire on them at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah on Monday afternoon.

Zakarna added that dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli forces during the raid, and that forces “showered the town with tear gas and stun grenades.”

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed Muhannad Turkman’s detention, saying it was part of the ongoing investigation into Monday’s shooting.

The spokesperson said they would look into reports of the clashes with Israeli forces during the predawn raid.

Muhammad Turkman was the 237th Palestinian killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory which began in October 2015.

According to Ma’an’s records, the violence has notably been characterized by alleged, actual or attempted small-scale attacks with knives or similar weapons.

However, a number of attempted and actual shooting attacks have targeted Israelis over the past year. Some 19 Palestinians, including Turkman, have been killed while committing shooting attacks, while 18 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian gunmen.

Over the past year, Israel has responded to attacks and alleged attacks through severe security measures which rights groups say amount to collective punishment and a violation of international law.

The measures have including widespread raids and detention campaigns targeting the families of slain attackers, imposing blockades on entire villages, and revoking travel permits for thousands of Palestinians, and punitive home demolitions.

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