kills Palestinian teen in escalating West Bank arrest raids
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[June 20, 2014]
By Yusri al-Jamal
HEBRON West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli
troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday
and arrested 25 people, pursuing a weeklong crackdown against Islamist
militants and house-to-house searches for three Israeli teenagers who
went missing eight days ago.
Palestinian medics said Mohammed Dudin, 15, was killed in the
village of Dura, near the city of Hebron in the West Bank. The
Israeli military said troops had fired live ammunition when rocks
and firebombs were thrown at them during an arrest raid.
Israel said it arrested 25 people overnight in some 200 towns,
refugee camps and cities in the West Bank, totalling 330 arrests
including 240 from Hamas, the Islamist group Israel accuses of
kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who went missing near a Jewish
settlement on June 13.
Dudin was the second Palestinian killed since these raids began.
Palestinians threw a hand grenade wounding a soldier lightly
elsewhere in the West Bank, the military said.
Some 1,150 sites in the territory have thus far been searched, the
military said, in its mission to deal a blow to Hamas while in
pursuit of Gil-Ad Shaer and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel,
aged 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.
Israel has also struck out at welfare organisations it accuses of
aiding Hamas, a group that opposes Israel's existence. Soldiers
raided 30 such institution on Thursday.
Reuters television footage showed soldiers loading files and
computers from an office called "Islamic Charitable Society" in
Hebron, onto a truck.
Israel also said it was shutting down activities of the
British-based Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW).
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In the Gaza Strip, Israel carried out air strikes against three
militant targets after rockets were fired at Israel.
There were no reported casualties in these attacks.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the kidnappings
but has charged that the extent of Israel's raids amounted to
collective punishment and urged they be condemned.
Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, but
spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza on Thursday "regardless of who
was responsible ... the Palestinian people have the right to use all
forms of resistance in order to liberate land and people."
(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi
in Gaza; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Paul Tait)
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