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Israeli forces raid home of slain Palestinian, clash with youth in Beit Ummar

Nov. 5, 2016 12:43 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 10:54 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youth during a predawn raid in the village of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Local activist Muhammad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the family home of Khalid Ahmad Elayyan Ikhlayyil, 23, who was killed by Israeli forces on Sunday after he allegedly attempted to commit a car-ramming attack near the village.

Soldiers searched Ikhlayyil’s home and questioned his father before leaving.

Awad highlighted that Ikhlayyil’s body remained in Israeli custody in accordance with the Israeli government’s practice of holding the bodies of slain Palestinians accused of committing attacks against Israelis.

Israeli forces also raided the home of Muhammad Kamil Zaaqiq in the Khalit al-Ain area of Beit Ummar, and summoned his 26-year-old son Yousif, a former prisoner, for interrogation at the Etzion detention center.

According to Awad, clashes broke out between local youth and Israeli soldiers after the soldiers removed and stepped on a memorial poster of Ikhlayyil.

Israeli forces fired tear gas at local youth, several of whom were treated on the scene.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

According to Ma'an documentation, Ikhlayyil was one of 238 Palestinians killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015.

Some 25 Palestinians have been killed during this time period while carrying out or allegedly carrying out vehicular attacks.

The last Palestinian to have been killed before Sunday was a 15-year-old resident of Beit Ummar, Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, who was shot by Israeli forces on Oct. 20 during clashes in the area.

Since the unrest began, residents of the villages and towns where alleged attackers were from have seen an increase in nightly raids and periodic blockades immediately following such attacks.

Israel’s response to alleged attacks -- both large and small -- such as punitive home demolitions, the sealing of entire villages, mass detention campaigns, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians slain while committing attacks, has been condemned by rights groups, who have said the measures amount to “collective punishment” and represent a clear violation of international law.
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