Israeli forces shoot two Palestinians, detain another from Jenin-district town

Israeli forces early Friday morning shot two Palestinians and detained another in a raid in the northern West Bank town of Qabatia, south of Jenin, said local sources.

Israeli military vehicles raided the town, where soldiers detained a Palestinian and thoroughly searched several houses.

During ensuring confrontations, soldiers opened fire at youngsters who protested the raid, hitting two protesters with live rounds in their lower extremities and caused dozens others to suffocate from tear gas.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Raids besides to other measures, taken under the guise of security, are intended to entrench Israel’s 51-year-old military occupation of the West Bank and its settler colonial project which it enforces with routine and frequently deadly violence against Palestinians.

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