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Israeli occupation forces shoot Hebron teen, Majid Jaradat, raid Bil'in
home in search of documents, phone
Israeli occupation forces raid Bil'in home in search of
Published yesterday (updated) 07/01/2010 15:39
Bethlehem - Ma'an -
Bil'in residents reported the entry of between 35 to 40 Israeli
soldiers in 6 jeeps and a troop carrier which entered the village before
sunrise Thursday and surrounded the home of Ranu Ayub, detained by
Israeli forces last week.
According to reports, Ayub has been
kept in the West Jerusalem interrogation center without access to a
lawyer or family visits. He has not been charged.
head of Bil'in's Popular Committee in a statement following the raid,
that soldiers invaded Ayub's home "on a trawling exercise, seeking
documentation and Rani Ayub's mobile phone."
forces shoot Hebron teen
Published yesterday (updated) 08/01/2010 00:00
Hebron – Ma’an –
Three Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli
soldiers at a military checkpoint north of the West Bank city of Hebron
on Thursday, medical officials said.
A boy named Majid Muhammad
Abdul Rahman Jaradat, 16, was shot in the hand and the abdomen, medics
said, and was transported to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem.
A hospital spokeswoman, Karmit Orpav, said a Palestinian arrived at
the hospital in an intensive care ambulance following the incident and
was going into surgery for "serious" injuries. "He's on his way to the
operating room now," she said.
The incident reportedly took place
at a checkpoint on bypass road number 35. It was not clear what the
cause of the clashes was.
An Israeli military spokesman said that
forces fired at three Palestinians who were rolling burning tires and
throwing stones. The spokesman confirmed that one Palestinian was shot
and “moderately injured.”
Israeli forces were searching the area
for the other two Palestinians, he said.
Residents say soldiers
In a separate incident, a Palestinian family said
they were assaulted by Israeli
soldiers who tried to arrest one member of the family in the village of
Al-Tuwani, south of Hebron on Thursday.
Resident Jamal Al-Raba’i
told Ma’an that 15 soldiers beat his relatives with rifle butts when the
family tried to stop them from making the arrest while they were herding
He said six people were injured in the incident,
including five who were taken to the local hospital in the nearby town
of Yatta. Mus’ab Al-Rabi’a was arrested and taken to an Israeli military
detention center in Hebron, he said.
“The condition of the
injured is stable with bruises on different parts of their bodies,” he
said, identifying the injured as Fatima Rabi’a, Jum’a Rabi’a, Kamal
Rabi’a, Majdi Rab’ia, Kamal Rabi’a, and Ramzi Rabi’a.
that Al-Tuwani residents face daily harassment from settlers who he said
want to confiscate their land for settlement expansion.
of international observers with the organization Christian Peacemaker
Teams (CPT) also reported the incident, adding that observers were also
assaulted in the incident.
“At around 10:30am Palestinian
shepherds were grazing their sheep on privately owned Palestinian land
when they saw Israeli settlers observing them from the outpost of Havat
Ma’on,” CPT said in a statement.
“A short time later an Israeli
army jeep came to the area. After stopping to speak with one of the
settlers, three Israeli soldiers approached the shepherds and ordered
them to leave the area. The shepherds explained that it was their land,
but agreed to move further down into the valley.
followed them and grabbed at one of the shepherds, so they all tried to
quickly leave the area with their sheep. A second army jeep came to the
area and a further three soldiers joined in the attack escalating the
violence. Soldiers hit the shepherds with their rifle butts, pushed them
and while some soldiers forcibly held them to the ground others kicked
“Other members of the family came to the area, and the
women tried to intervene, hoping to deescalate the situation. However,
the women were also forcefully pushed to the ground. Internationals
trying to video tape the violent attack were roughly pushed and a
soldier grabbed at and broke one of the video cameras.
villagers came to the area and tried to calm the situation by talking
with the soldiers, but the soldiers ignored all pleas for calm and
instead fired percussion grenades and tear gas into the small group of
women and children gathered nearby on the hillside.”
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