7 Palestinians injured amid clashes in besieged Jerusalem-area village
The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Jerusalem
At least seven Palestinians were injured during clashes that took place early on Wednesday between hundreds of angry Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the village of Biddu in the occupied West Bank’s Jerusalem district after Israel decided to strike a siege on the entire village.
Israeli occupation forces have closed the main road, between Ramallah and the surrounding villages and towns, which is also the entrance of the village, negatively affecting on the lives of Palestinians, causing clashes to erupt with Israeli forces, local sources has reported.
Biddu is one of several Jerusalem-area villages placed that is under an Israeli military siege following a shooting attack carried out by a resident of the nearby Beit Surik village on Tuesday, which killed an Israeli border police officer and two Israeli security guards outside Israel’s illegal Har Adar settlement, Palestinian news agency Wafa has reported.
The seven injured Palestinians were treated at the al-Karmel Medical Center. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the center searching for them. However, the reports did not mention whether any of the Palestinians were indeed detained.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the clashes and potential detentions in the village.
It is typical for Israeli forces to raid hospitals in order to detain Palestinians injured during clashes, forcing some doctors and medical staff to hide or rotate injured Palestinians between hospital rooms in order to properly treat them.
In July, Amnesty International called such Israeli practices “utterly deplorable” after Israeli forces raided the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem multiple times in order to detain Palestinians who had been seriously injured by Israeli forces.
Israeli raids into Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. After actual or alleged attacks on Israelis, villages are routinely sealed by Israeli forces, and raids are carried out on a nightly basis.
Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.