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2 Palestinians detained in Aida refugee camp, sparking clashes

July 25, 2017 8:43 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2017 8:43 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister towards Palestinian protesters on February 13, 2015, at the Aida refugee camp (AFP/Mousa al-Shaer, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem early Tuesday evening and briefly detained two Palestinians, a father and son, according to local sources in the camp.

Local sources identified the detainee as Awad al-Araj and his son Muhammad, and said the raid sparked limited clashes as Israeli forces fired tear gas at homes in the camp, leaving one Palestinian youth injured by a tear gas canister.

About an hour later, the two were released.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports of the raid.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation. 

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 and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injuries.

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