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Israeli forces shoot, injure 5 Palestinians during detention raid in Qalqiliya

June 7, 2017 11:07 A.M. (Updated: June 7, 2017 8:43 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Five Palestinians were wounded with live fire when clashes erupted in the northern occupied West Bank city of Qalqiliya during a predawn detention raid Wednesday, as the Israeli army detained at least 12 Palestinians in multiple detention raids across the occupied territory.

Medical sources from the Palestinian Red Crescent said that three Palestinians were shot and injured with live bullets in their lower extremities and two others were injured with shrapnel during the clashes in Qalqiliya. They were all transferred to Darwish Nazzal governmental hospital in Qalqiliya for treatment.

During the raid, Israeli forces detained 29-year-old Muhammad Abdullah Abu Khadija and took him to unknown location, according to locals. However, a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said that Abu Khadija was 32-years-old, and added that another unidentified Palestinian was also detained during the Qalqiliya raid.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two detentions, but said they were not aware of the clashes and that they were looking into the incident.

Elsewhere in the northern occupied West Bank, one Palestinian was detained in the village of al-Jalama in the Jenin district, one in the Nablus area, and one in Tubas, the army spokesperson said.

PPS identified the detainee from Nablus as Muhammad Adnan Asfour, the detainee from Tubas as Jihad Ismael Masaaed, and the detainee from Jenin as 19-year-old Thaer Osama Abu Arab.

In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, the Israeli army said one Palestinian was detained in Beit Ur al-Tahta.

PPS also said that Radwan Fawaqa, from Dura al-Qar in the Ramallah district, was detained at Israel's Qalandiya checkpoint.

One Palestinian was also detained in the village of Hizma in the West Bank's Jerusalem district according to the Israeli army, identified by PPS as 21-year-old Muhammad Rashid Salah al-Din.

Elsewhere in the Jerusalem area, PPS said Israeli forces also detained 20-year-old Amir Mahmoud.

Meanwhile, an Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement that during an overnight raid in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Israeli forces seized an automatic "Carl Gustav" rifle. "Police (are) continuing an investigation into the incident and searching for suspects connected to the weapon," Mickey Rosenfeld wrote in the statement.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri also said in a statement that Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli police in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Tuesday night, without causing any injuries, and that Israeli police were "conducting investigations to uncover the identity of suspects who managed to escape."

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, PPS said that three Palestinians were detained in a raid, identified as Taysir Abu Mayala, Ibrahim Muhammad Ali, and 18-year-old Ahmad al-Zaaqiq.

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed one detention in the Hebron area, in the village Khallet al-Maiyya.

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