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Israeli forces assault, detain 2 Palestinians in Silwan

Sept. 26, 2018 2:25 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 2:25 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted and detained two Palestinians on late Tuesday from the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, who were identified as Walid al-Rajbi along with his son, Fathi.

The center confirmed that the two Palestinians were pepper-sprayed and assaulted by Israeli policemen and by Israeli forces while escorting a large group of Israeli settlers present in Silwan.

The center added that Israeli forces, who provided protection to Israeli settlers, had assaulted several Palestinian youths due to repeatedly beating them and spraying pepper-spray at them.

Israeli settlers celebrated the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, in the Silwan neighborhood.

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem that is seeing an influx of Israeli settlers. There are eight illegal Israeli settlement outposts in Silwan, the first one being under Israeli settler control since 2004.

The number of assaults by Israeli settlers towards Palestinian residents in Silwan has escalated as the illegal Israeli settlement expansion throughout the neighborhood continues.

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