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Israeli forces raid Jerusalem-area town

Feb. 17, 2017 4:19 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2017 6:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the village of Hizma early Friday morning in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli vehicles, border guards, and soldiers raided several areas of Hizma from multiple entrances.

Sources added that Israeli soldiers stopped and searched passing vehicles and checked the ID cards of the Palestinian passengers.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the raid.

In addition to routine military raids in neighborhoods and villages in the West Bank carried out on an almost nightly basis, clashes also routinely erupt between Palestinian youth in the neighborhood and Israeli forces. Last month, Israeli forces shot a young Palestinian man in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet during clashes in Hizma.

Locals told Ma'an at the time that clashes broke out after Israeli troops stormed the village, with local youth hurling stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and “showered the village’s alleys” with tear gas.

The UN has recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

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