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Israeli forces detain Palestinian from Tuqu during military raid

July 22, 2017 3:36 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2017 4:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the village of Tuqu southeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Locals said Israeli soldiers detained 24-year-old Mahmoud Hussein al-Urouj after raiding and searching his house in the town.

Israeli forces raided and searched several other houses in the village, including the home of Khalid and Hani al-Urouj.

An Israeli army spokesperson said she was not aware of the detention.

The raid came after residents of Tuqu took part in mass protests on Friday in solidarity with Jerusalemites protesting against Israeli security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. Three Palestinian protesters were shot and killed in the Jerusalem area over the course of the day.

Several Palestinians were also injured by rubber-coated steel bullets and others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during the protest in Tuqu, as hundreds of others were injured during demonstrations across the occupied Palestinian territory.

The incidents also came after Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the village on Thursday afternoon, sparking clashes in which at least one Palestinian was injured.
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