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2 Palestinians injured as Israeli forces storm refugee camp
Published Wednesday 05/02/2014 (updated) 08/02/2014 14:35
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NABLUS (Ma’an) – Two young Palestinian men were injured and four others were detained during an overnight Israeli military incursion into al-Fara refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

An Israeli soldier sustained minor wounds, onlookers said.

Locals told Ma’an that more than 40 Israeli military vehicles stormed the camp around 2 a.m. on Wednesday from three directions before they started to ransack homes.

In response, dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with the invading soldiers and pelted them with stones and empty bottles. The Israeli troops fired live ammunition at the protesters injuring two. Locals confirmed that 27-year-old Saed al-Ghoul sustained a gunshot in the abdomen and 23-year-old Hamza Mousa Ulayyan was hit in the hand.

Eventually, Israeli soldiers detained four young men before they left the camp. Locals identified the detainee as 26-year-old Muhammad Kamil Abu al-Summan, 20-year-old Abed Fathi Mansour, 18-year-old Yousif Jabir Abu Siyam and 21-year-old Mujahid Sawalmah.

The sources highlighted that a fire broke out in the house of Mujahid Sawalmah as a result of an explosion the Israeli troops caused. The house was completely destroyed, according to local sources.

While Israeli troops withdrew from the camp, a young man hurled a homemade bomb injuring a soldier with shrapnel.

The incursion into al-Fara came only hours after masked gunmen marched in the streets and threatened collaborators with Israel demanding that they end contact with Israeli intelligence.

An Israeli army spokesman said one person was arrested and soldiers uncovered a machine gun and ammunition. He said no soldiers were injured.

The Israeli army provided photos by email which it said showed weapons discovered in the raid.


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