Israeli troops invade Tulkarem, firing live rounds and tear gas

A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem and the nearby refugee camps Tuesday afternoon.

City of Tulkarem (image from palsolidarity.org)
City of Tulkarem

Local youth began throwing stones at the jeeps and armored vehicles, and soldiers responded with tear gas and live ammunition. No injuries were reported.

According to local sources, at least five Israeli military vehicles were seen in both the city of Tulkarem and in the refugee camps around the town.

The clashes occurred in the eastern part of the city of Tulkarem.

Israeli troops frequently invade Palestinian towns and villages, usually for the purpose of abducting individuals that are ‘wanted’ by the Israeli military.

The occupying military force maintains long lists of Palestinians alleged to have engaged in some anti-Occupation activity, although human rights groups have criticized those lists for inaccuracy and targeting of non-violent activists. The main sources of the names are from paid Palestinian informants.

(www.imemc.org / 21.12.2011)

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