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Clashes erupt in Issawiya following funeral of former Palestinian prisoner

Feb. 25, 2017 9:40 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2017 8:19 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces in the neighborhood of Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem late on Friday, as Israeli police raided the area following the funeral of a former Palestinian prisoner, 24-year-old Muhammad Kayid Mahmoud, who died in a car accident in Jericho on Friday.

Member of the Issawiya follow-up committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, said that dozens of Israeli police raided the villages, sealed its entrance for more than an hour, and raided the village’s cemetery and a mosque in the neighboring Ubed neighborhood, which caused clashes to erupt in the area.

Mahmoud was detained several times by Israeli forces, most recently last week. He was released the following day after an Israeli magistrate court banned him from entering Issawiya.

Locals said that Israeli authorities have also been carrying out random detention raids against youth in Issawiya since Tuesday, when another resident of the neighborhood, Muhammad Zeidan Mahmoud, was released from Israeli prison after serving a 15-year sentence, only to be redetained immediately.

Israeli authorities also issued orders banning several released Palestinian detainees from the area for three days to a week in an attempt to prevent celebrations during the anticipated release of Muhammad Zeidan Mahmoud, locals said.

Israeli forces had also raided Issawiya in the early morning on Tuesday and tore down and confiscated a tent dedicated to Muhammad Zeidan Mahmoud in preparation for his release, locals said at the time.

Clashes had also erupted in the neighborhood at the time, with locals reporting that Israeli forces fired tear gas bombs into the neighborhood, causing many, mostly women, to suffer from tear gas inhalation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were detained in Israeli prisons as of January.
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