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Clashes erupt in Aida refugee camp following Israeli raid

Sept. 23, 2017 3:21 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 24, 2017 1:34 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier fires tear gas canister towards Palestinian protesters in the Aida refugee camp (AFP/Moussa al-Shaer, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Clashes erupted early Saturday morning in the Aida refugee camp, located in Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank, following an Israeli search and detention raid in the camp.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided several homes in the camp, allegedly to detain youth involved in clashes that regularly occur in the area.

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians from the camp, firing rubber-coated steel bullets. No injuries or detentions were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports.

Israeli raids on Palestinian cities, villages, and refugee camps are a near-daily occurrence. Due to the violent nature of the raids, particularly in refugee camps, clashes often erupt between Palestinian youth who throw stones and Israeli forces who fire rubber bullets, live ammunition, and tear gas.

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