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Israel seals off Khan al-Ahmar, detentions reported

Sept. 14, 2018 4:21 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 15, 2018 2:37 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities, escorted by large numbers of Israeli forces surrounded and sealed off several roads leading to the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem in the central West Bank district, on Friday.

Locals said that Israeli forces were deployed across the village, while military bulldozers entered the area and proceeded to seal off the roads, in an attempt to prevent activists from reaching Khan al-Ahmar to gather in solidarity with residents.

Sources added that bulldozers also sealed off the main road that leads to the village, and began to raze lands.

Violent clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli forces outside the village, resulting in a number of injuries among residents and protesters.

Sources also confirmed that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians and one foreign activist; they were identified as Ibrahim Hussein Abu Dahouk, Suleiman Eid Hathalin, Omar Abdullah al-Hajj and French activist Frank Romano.

Despite the blockade of the roads, hundreds of protesters managed to reach Khan al-Ahmar to show solidarity with the residents of the village, who make up a total of 35 Palestinian families and who are under threat of displacement after the Israeli High Court approved the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

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