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Clashes erupt in Hebron-area town during Israeli raid

June 30, 2018 2:13 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2018 4:59 P.M.)
(File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the Beit Ummar town in the southern occupied West Bank district of Beit Ummar on Saturday, the Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported.

Activist Muhammad Awad told Wafa that Israeli soldiers raided the town, forcefully closed shops, stopped and inspected cars.

Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at the residents, causing dozens of them to suffer tear-gas suffocation; they treated on the spot by Palestinian Red Crescent medics.

One Palestinian youth suffered a broken arm injury he sustained while running away from the soldiers.

Awad added that a grenade fired by Israeli soldiers caused a fire to erupt in one of the farms and loss of crops.

While Beit Ummar's built-up areas are predominantly classified as Area B under the Oslo Accords, the majority of its surrounding land is Area C.

According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, Beit Ummar is "subjected to many Israeli aggressions," with thousands of dunams of Palestinian land confiscated for the constriction of illegal Israeli settlements and bypass roads.
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