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Israeli forces break into house of Palestinian killed in retaliatory attack, arrest his brother

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Israeli forces arresting a Palestinian man in the occupied territories. (Photo by the Palestinian Information Center)

Israeli forces have arrested the brother of a Palestinian man, who was recently shot dead in a retaliatory attack against Israeli forces in the Old City of al-Quds, after storming their house in Shu’fat refugee camp in the occupied city.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing local sources, reported on Monday that a large number of Israeli troops broke into the house of Sheikh Fadi Shkhaydam's brother and searched it thoroughly.  

During the raid, all the family members were held in one room and the slain Palestinian's brother Wissam was later detained and taken to an unknown detention center, the sources said.

Israeli forces also fired tear gas as clashes erupted close to Abu Shkhaydam's house, they added.

Palestinian sources added that Shkhaydam's students were also summoned for investigation.

On Sunday, Israeli troops fatally shot the 42-year-old Palestinian man near the Chain Gate, one of the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Israeli police immediately closed the site to visitors following the incident.

Israeli media outlets reported that the Palestinian man opened fire and was shot dead by troops at the scene.

He was later identified as a resident of Shuafat refugee camp and one of the leaders of the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas in the camp.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied territories for months over Israel’s settlement activities and its planned eviction of Palestinian families from their ancestral homes.

At least 331 Palestinians have been killed and 16,000 more wounded in the Israeli crackdown on protests so far this year, according to data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israeli forces kidnap Palestinians in West Bank raid

Separately on Monday, Israeli forces kidnapped several Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds, as the Tel Aviv regime continues its campaign of abuse and arrest against Palestinians.

The Palestinian Information Center, citing local sources, reported that seven Palestinians were detained in different areas of the West Bank city of Tulkarem, while two others were kidnapped from the village of Wadi al-Far'a, southwest of  Tubas and the northern city of Nablus.

Israeli forces also detained a teenager from the Issawiya neighborhood of East al-Quds, and a young man from Silwan neighborhood.  

Israeli police also raided the home of al-Quds Governor Adnan Ghaith, and took away three of his family members after assaulting and injuring his sons and relatives.  

A former Palestinian detainee, who was released about two months ago, was also arrested in the central city of Lod by Israeli police.

More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences. Israeli forces have arrested more than 17,000 minors since 2000.          

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