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Palestinian Authority security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse a protest

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Palestinian Authority security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse a protest Sunday at a Court  involved in the case of five Arabs, including one recently killed by Israeli forces, activists and lawyers. Police said protesters had “blocked the road in front of the court” and that “they refused to comply when security forces ordered them to clear the way”. “Forces then deployed in accordance with the law”, they said. Bassel al-Aaraj, 31, was killed on March 5 by Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, after he opened fire at soldiers who came to arrest him at his home and was shot dead. He was wantend infact Israel accused him of being the head of a cell planning attacks against Israel. His father Mahmud al-Aaraj says that” What we suffered today is an attack in our rights”. The PA journalists’ union denounced the “shameful aggression” of the dispersion.


Israeli Prime Minister in first meeting with Trump: a key goal will be curtailing Iran’s financial and military support for allies

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As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves for his first White House visit with President Donald Trump, a key goal will be curtailing Iran’s financial and military support for allies in the region that have targeted the Jewish state. Top of the list is Hezbollah. Netanyahu will urge the U.S. to drive a wedge between the Lebanese Shiite group and Iran, through harsh sanctions that will make Tehran think twice about extending support, said Israel Katz, intelligence minister and a member of Israel’s Security Cabinet.

Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces

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Israeli forces on Friday fired tear gas canisters and other “non-lethal” crowd dispersal means at Palestinians and their homes in the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron after clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths, causing tens of Palestinians to suffer tear gas suffocation. Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that the clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers who fired soundbombs and tear gas canisters into the community, while Palestinian youths responded by throwing rocks and empty bottles at Israeli forces.

Clashes in Shufat refugee camp violently suppressed by Israeli forces

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Israeli forces violently suppressed clashes overnight on Wednesday in Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving several injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, while four Palestinian youths were assaulted and detained, local sources said. Fatah party spokesperson in Shufat refugee camp Thaer Fasfous told Ma’an that Israeli forces heavily deployed in the camp and took pictures of several buildings, causing clashes to erupt. Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youth during the clashes, which Fasfous said lasted for hours on end. Fasfous said that seven Palestinian youth were shot and injured by rubber-coated steel bullets while many others suffered severe tear gas inhalation.

Israeli forces and Border Police are training for the evacuation of Amona

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Hundreds of Israeli soldiers and Border Police officers were taking part in a training exercise this week at an IDF base in southern Israel ahead of the evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Amona, set for later this month. The training was conducted at the Tzeelim base in the Negev Desert. Simulations of various scenarios included the forcible evacuation of people passively resisting and violent reactions as well. The troops and officers also trained for a possible need to cordon off the illegal outpost to secure the evacuation, which is expected to take place before or on December 25, a deadline set by the High Court in a ruling determining it was built on privately owned Palestinian land.

12 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces

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Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians during overnight and predawn military raids and operations between Monday and Tuesday across the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 252 military detention raids between Nov. 15 and Nov. 28. According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of October. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

Road connection in district of Ramallah closed by IF

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Israeli forces closed the road connecting the towns of Silwad and Ein Yabrud in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah with a large cement block early Wednesday, imposing a complete closure on the two Palestinian towns. According to locals, residents were forced to use dirt roads or roads far out in the outskirts of the town in order to avoid the cement block, while others were forced to exit and enter on foot. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the closure.

3 Palestinians suspected of arson detained by Israeli Forces

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Israeli Forces detained three Palestinians over suspicions of starting fires in Jerusalem and Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday, while at least four Palestinians were detained over accusations of smuggling weapons from Israel into the occupied West Bank to support Palestinian political groups. They were taken in for interrogation. In another incident on Wednesday, a Palestinian was detained on suspicions of throwing a Molotov cocktail into the Israeli town of Nataf in central Israel, sparking a fire, according to Israeli news media Ynet.

16 Palestinians detained by Israeli Police over suspicions of starting fires in Israel

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Between Thursday and Friday, Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians across Israel and the occupied West Bank over suspicions of starting fires that erupted in Haifa and have continued to spread for the fourth consecutive day. Israeli authorities have claimed that the fires were started by “political arson” against the Israeli State. However, other sources have said the fires were likely caused by a combination of extreme winds and a drought.

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