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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians, raid home of slain teenager in West Bank raids

July 16, 2017 10:52 A.M. (Updated: July 16, 2017 6:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least three Palestinians and raided the home of a slain Palestinian teenager during predawn raids in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, when a Palestinian man was also shot dead after being pursued by Israeli border police.

Local sources said that Israeli forces detained 24-year-old Muhammad Khalil Farhat after raiding and searching his house in Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Hebron city.

The spokesperson also said one Palestinian was detained during a military raid in the town of Dura west of Hebron.

Local sources said that Israeli forces also installed military checkpoints at entrance to the village of al-Samu in the southern Hebron district and conducted security checks on all Palestinian residents passing in either direction.

In the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, Israeli forces also raided the house of slain Palestinian Omar Arafat Issa Zaaqiq,19, who was killed by Israeli forces in 2015 after he injured six Israeli soldiers in a car-ramming attack.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad said that a large group of Israeli soldiers raided Zaaqiq’s house, searched it and demanded Zaaqiq’s father hand over all of the money in the house -- a common practice during Israeli raids on Palestinian homes -- under the allegation that the money had been given to him by Palestinian political factions.

Ayyad said that Israeli soldiers confiscated Zaaqiq’s vehicle, which he noted was worth 70,000 thousand shekels ($19,686).

Ayyad added that clashes erupted in the village during the raid, with Israeli forces firing tear gas canisters at Palestinians who threw rocks.

Meanwhile in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli forces raided al-Duheisha refugee camp, where a Palestinian teen was killed during a similar raid on Friday.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided a number of houses in the camp and the nearby town al-Doha.

Violent clashes broke out between Israeli forces who fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs, and local Palestinian youth threw rocks at the armed forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma’an that a number of Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation, as Israeli soldiers fired gas canisters towards people's homes.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into the raids in Beit Ummar and al-Duheisha.

In the central Ramallah district, Israeli police said that a Palestinian “youth” was detained during a raid to arrest a man who allegedly committing two drive-by shootings the previous day, that left one Palestinian man lightly injured.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that one Palestinian, identified as Lutfi Muhamad Khalil, was detained from the Ramallah-area village of Kafr Ein "after being injured."

Israel border police shot and killed the 34 year old when they arrived to the nearby village of Nabi Salih to apprehend the shooting suspect after he allegedly aimed a gun at the forces.

In the central West Bank district of Salfit, PPS said Israeli forces detained 24-year-old Ayman Dafil Daghamin and 27-year-old Mahmoud Abd al-Latif Deik.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

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