Israeli forces raid Jerusalem governor’s office

Israeli security forces seen during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,in east Jerusalem on December 16, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces seen during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,in east Jerusalem on December 16, 2017

Israeli forces on Sunday raided the Jerusalem governor’s office in the occupied West Bank, according to local residents.

“An Israeli force stormed the governor’s office in the town of al-Ram, northeast of Jerusalem, and searched it,” a local resident told Anadolu Agency.

He said Israeli soldiers assaulted a number of employees inside the office.

According to Palestinian medical sources, three people suffered temporary asphyxiation from teargas canisters fired by Israeli forces and were treated on the spot.

The Israeli raid was quickly condemned by the Ramallah-based Palestinian government.

In a statement, government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud described the raid as a “dangerous escalation and a flagrant violation of all agreements and international law”.

The spokesman went on to hold the Israeli government responsible for “the repercussions of these assaults”.

There was no comment from the Israeli army on the report.

Last month, Israeli police detained Jerusalem governor Adnan Ghaith and released him two days later.

Last week, Ghaith was again briefly detained by Israeli forces.

(Source / 04.11.2018)

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