Israeli forces raid Bethlehem, detain 3 young Palestinian men
Published Sunday 12/01/2014 (updated) 14/01/2014 12:14
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed the city of Bethlehem and a nearby refugee camp early on Sunday morning and detained three young Palestinian men.
Locals told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles raided Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem and detained 21-year-old Ahmad Atallah Mashayikh.
Another dawn raid by Israeli troops targeted al-Saff neighborhood of Bethlehem, where 17-year-old Walid al-Hreimi and 20-year-old Jivara al-Jantuli were detained.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that one person was detained in Doha, just west of Bethlehem, and another person in Bethlehem itself, but did not have any information regarding the detention in Aida camp.
She added that the two Palestinians were detained for "involvement in illegal activity."
Bethlehem is located in Area A, the less than 20 percent of the West Bank that is under Palestinian civil and military control according to the Oslo Accords.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.