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A number of Palestinians were injured and others were arrested in assaults launched by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) across Nablus and Jenin provinces at daybreak Sunday.

The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of nine Palestinians at predawn time on account of their affiliations with Hamas and involvement in anti-occupation activities.

The campaign targeted Palestinians from Nablus, Ramallah, and Bethlehem provinces.

Two Hamas activists were also kidnapped by the IOF from the southern occupied West Bank province of al-Khalil.

Reporting from Nablus, a PIC news correspondent said seven Israeli army patrols rolled into the eastern area via the Hawara checkpoint at around 1 a.m. and cordoned off the Askar al-Jadeed Camp, al-Quds Street, al-Hasaba Street, and the popular quarter.

Clashes flared up shortly after the occupation troops stormed Jenin’s western town of Rumana, in the northern West Bank, and came down heavily on Palestinian youths.

According to local sources, an Israeli army patrol combed the area between Rumana and the adjacent Salem military camp before they broke into the town and chased down Palestinian anti-occupation protesters.

The IOF attacked the Palestinians with heavy spates of teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases, including among children and women.

The Palestinian youths responded by hurling stones at the heavily-armed occupation patrols.

A military checkpoint was also pitched by the IOF on the main access road to the town, where Palestinian vehicles and civilians have been subjected to intensive inspection.

The assault culminated in the abduction of two Palestinian youngsters near the separation fence in Rumana village. Both arrestees were dragged by the IOF to the Salem military camp.

Another round of clashes rocked Jenin’s western town of Zabouba, where the IOF targeted the Palestinian protesters with randomly-unleashed barrages of teargas canisters.

(Source / 05.02.2017)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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