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Israeli forces detain 7 Palestinian hikers in Jordan Valley

April 3, 2019 4:33 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2019 11:54 A.M.)
JORDAN VALLEY (Ma'an) -- Several Palestinians suffered from tear-gas suffocation, on Wednesday afternoon, as Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas bombs at nature-hikers in the Jordan Valley area in the northern occupied West Bank, while seven others were detained.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the Jordan Valley/Tubas district, reported that Israeli forces fired tear-gas bombs and stun grenades targeting Palestinians hiking on a trail near an illegal Israeli settlement.

Israeli forces detained seven of the hikers including two women.

Bisharat pointed out that the track begins at the Ein al-Hilweh area and through areas that are constantly targeted by Israeli settlers, adding that the hike comes under a series of activities called for by the Palestinian national forces in Tubas to highlight the failure of Israeli plans in the Jordan Valley.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88% of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control.

International rights organizations consider the continuation of the Israeli campaign which targets Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, whether though confiscations, demolitions or evictions under the pretext of holding military exercises, as a violation of international humanitarian law.
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