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Clashes erupt in Ramallah-area villages as Israeli forces, settlers raid the area

Aug. 25, 2017 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2017 7:46 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted in the villages of Burham and Jibiya -- both located in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah -- in the predawn hours of Friday morning, as Israeli settlers raided the towns under Israeli army protection.

Locals from the villages told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided Burham and Jibiya before dawn on Friday to allow settlers to enter the two villages, though it remained unclear why the settlers were attempting to enter the area.

Soldiers and settlers then clashed with dozens of Palestinian youths who threw rocks while soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas at the Palestinians.

Locals added that forces targeted homes with tear gas, causing many in the villages to suffer from severe tear gas inhalation.

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

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Due to the aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinians and invading Israeli forces.

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