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Israeli forces detain more Palestinians, including minors across the West Bank

February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

Israeli forces swept several West Bank cities on Thursday morning, detaining a former prisoner and a minor. Ten others were injured when the Israelis fired tear gas and live ammunition at civilians.

The Israelis were in the village of Beit Amer near Hebron for the third day running. Witnesses said that the soldiers have been breaking into houses and searching them; a lot of damage has been done in the process. Army checkpoints were set up all over the village and on the roads leading to it. Local people are unaware of who the Israelis are actually searching for.

According to Mohammed Awad of the Committee against the Israeli Apartheid Wall, the Israelis detained Nizar Ali, 18, a former prisoner who was wounded in the leg by the Israelis last week and is still in urgent need of treatment for his injuries. They also detained 15 year-old Mostafa Mohammed. Altogether, nine people, five of them minors, have been detained in Beit Amer over the past two days.

In Al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron, meanwhile, two Palestinian men were snatched from their homes by the Israelis. They were named as Mohammed al-Qeeq and Tariq al-Badawi.

Nine Palestinians were injured when tear gas was fired at them during clashes with illegal Israeli settlers in Jenin. Fadi Abdul-Latif was wounded in the leg after being shot by Israeli soldiers. All of the casualties were taken to Kalil Sulaiman Hospital in Jenin for treatment.

Illegal settlers continued their campaign of violence against Palestinians, damaging a vehicle in Quplan, near Nablus, and scrawling racist graffiti on the wall of a garage. Towns and villages in the occupied West Bank are targeted regularly by settlers, who have been responsible for racist graffiti, damage to homes and vehicles, uprooting fruit trees and, on occasion, releasing pigs on Palestinian-owned farms.