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Local Palestinians suffer tear-gas inhalation during Israeli raid in Beit Ummar

March 25, 2017 1:17 P.M. (Updated: March 26, 2017 11:44 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Several Palestinians suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation during an Israeli military raid early Saturday morning in the town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron .

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad said that clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces during the raid, with locals throwing rocks while Israeli soldiers responded by firing tear gas.

Israeli soldiers raided and searched a local bakery and a family's home during the raid that lasted more than two hours.

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

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

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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