Israeli police forces, on Tuesday evening, raided the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of ‘Eesawiyya, firing tear gas at Palestinians and their homes, a local monitor said.Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of a local committee in ‘Eesawiyya, said that dozens of Palestinians suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during the raid, adding that Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets at youth.
Abu al-Hummus alleged, according to Ma’an, that Israeli forces began firing the rubber bullets and tear gas ‘randomly,’ and for no apparent reason.
Moments later, Palestinian youth began throwing rocks at Israeli police and clashes erupted.
An Israeli police spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.
During the clashes, Israeli police reportedly raided homes of Palestinians in the village, and detained two people identified as Muhammad and Alaa Halasah.
Israeli forces also reportedly detained Rawan Abu Ghoush, the wife of Palestinian activist Samer Abu Aisah, during an undercover raid around nearby Hebrew University.
Last week, a handmade explosive device was found and dismantled by Israeli security forces at the top of the main entrance to ‘Eesawiyya, near a flying Israeli checkpoint.
‘Eesawiyya is a contentious Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem that sees frequent raids from Israeli forces, which usually turn into clashes. Since the start of October, Israeli forces have regularly closed off routes into and out of the neighborhood.
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