IOF break into Bethlehem, violent clashes break out

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Sunday morning broke into Bethlehem, central Occupied West Bank, injured two and kidnapped two others in midst of intense clashes.

At 10 AM this morning, IOF stormed Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem,  and spread snipers on the roofs of buildings. Clashes quickly broke out and IOF opened teargas inside the narrow camp, causing injuries.

One child was reportedly shot in the leg, and another youth was kidnapped. Sources from the camp said that the soldiers did not allow paramedics to enter and help the wounded.

Soldiers kidnapped one youth from the Camp
Soldiers kidnapped one youth from Deheisheh Camp
The entrance of the camp after the clashes
The entrance of the camp after the clashes
Israeli snipers went to the top of a building during the attack
Israeli snipers climbed to the top of a building during the attack

A few hours earlier, soldiers broke into Bethlehem, injured one youth with metal coated rubber bullets and kidnapped another, causing intense clashes on the main Jerusalem-Hebron road.

IOF also kidnapped a 21-year-old youth from Marah Rabah village south of Bethlehem, and notices to another family of father, son and daughter in Dar Salah village north of Bethlehem, to go to the Israeli Intelligence in Gush Etzion settlement for unknown reasons.

Deheisheh refugee camp witnesses similar attacks by IOF almost every week. These include clashes, kidnappings, reports and sometimes, fatalities.

At least two youths from the camp have been killed by IOF since the start of October.

The current tensions have started since October first, due to reptitive Israeli settler attacks on Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest place in Islam, and Israeli restrictions over Palestinian entrance.

Since then, 143 Palestinians have been killed, including 27 children and 7 women. Some 15,000 have been injured by live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas.

On the Israeli side, 24 settlers were killed in attacks or Israeli mistaken bullets.