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Israeli forces raid homes of Palestinians suspected in killing of settler

Oct. 7, 2017 3:01 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2017 12:23 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided and “wreaked havoc” on a village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin on Friday, allegedly in connection to the killing of an Israeli settler, official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported.

According to Wafa, Israeli forces raided the village of Qabatiya, where they searched two homes of Palestinians suspected to be involved in the killing which took place in the nearby village of Kafr Qasim last Wednesday.

Israeli media reported that a 70-year-old settler, identified as Reuven Shmerling, was found stabbed to death in a building in the industrial zone of Kafr Qasim.

According to Ynet news, Shmerling was stabbed by some of his Palestinian employees over a monetary dispute.

Wafa identified the two Palestinian workers as Yousif Khaled Kmail and Mohammed Zeyad Abu al-Rob. The two, both residents of Qabatiya, were detained late Thursday night as part of investigations into the killing.

On Friday morning, Israeli forces raided the family homes of Kmail and al-Rob in Qabatiya, and proceeded to photograph the houses -- seemingly in preparation for punitive demolition -- “before wreaking havoc and tampering with their contents,” Wafa reported.

Israeli forces allegedly assaulted the Palestinians’ family members, subjected them to interrogations, and threatened to take punitive measures against them.

Clashes erupted at the entrance of Qabatiya during the raids, where Israeli forces used rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades against residents.

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

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