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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinians with live ammunition, detain 3 more in Jenin raids

Aug. 19, 2017 12:55 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2017 11:45 A.M.)
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured three Palestinians with live ammunition and detained three others during a violent overnight raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank on Saturday, while Israeli forces also carried out raids in the Bethlehem district.

During dawn hours, Israeli forces raided several homes in the refugee camp, two of which belonged to the Abu al-Hayja family, locals told Ma'an. Soldiers also delivered notices to several youths in the camp to meet with Israeli intelligence at Israel’s Salem military camp in the Jenin district, locals added.

Violent clashes erupted in the camp during the raid. Locals told Ma’an that three Palestinian “youths” -- however, their exact ages were not specified -- were injured with Israeli-fired live ammunition. The injured Palestinians were identified by locals as Wiam Iyam Hannoun, Mustafa Akram Qumbu, and Abu Ali al-Kastuni.

All three were transferred to the Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin city for treatment.

Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians, identified as Muhammad Ahmad Abu al-Hayja, Muhammad Ararawi, and Kamal Muhammad Awwad during the raid.

Meanwhile, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces had raided Beit Fajjar village in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem and delivered interrogation notices to former prisoners of Israel Ibrahim Deiriyeh, Ahmad Taqatqa, and Ahmad Saadeh.

Israeli forces also raided the home of former prisoner of Israel Ahmad Ayed Deiriyeh, who has been exiled by Israel to the besieged Gaza Strip, locals said.

In addition, Israeli forces raided the Marah Maalla village in Bethlehem and delivered an interrogation notice to Mahmoud Muhammad Amr al-Sheikh after raiding his home, locals told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the raids in Jenin refugee camp and in the Bethlehem district. She added that the army did not have details on detentions carried out in the West Bank between Friday and Saturday.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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