Clashes as Israel detains 2 al-Aqsa brigade members in Jenin

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 13 May 2013 12:11 (UTC +04:00)
Clashes as Israel detains 2 al-Aqsa brigade members in Jenin
Clashes as Israel detains 2 al-Aqsa brigade members in Jenin

Clashes broke out Monday morning in the Jenin refugee camp as Israeli forces detained two members of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, locals said Maan reported.

Locals said the fighting continued for two hours after Israeli forces raided the al-Jabaryat area of the camp at 4 a.m., detaining Raed Amin Dababa and Mohammad al-Amer.

A large military convoy was seen in the camp and two helicopters were overheard in the area, they added.

The two detainees are exempt from arrest by Israel under a deal with the Palestinian Authority signed in 2007, allowing Palestinian fighters who renounced violence against Israel and gave up arms immunity from detention.

Clashes also broke out after Israeli forces deployed near the local Martyrs' Cemetery. Locals threw stones and glass bottles at soldiers, who responded with live bullets and tear gas, locals said, reporting no injuries.

The camp residents said the sound of clashes reminded them of the second Intifada, when the camp was held under siege for 11 days during Operation Defensive Shield in which over 50 Palestinians were killed.

In a recent interview with Ma'an, commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Zakariya Zubeidi said Israeli forces were returning to the camp and targeting activists of the brigade who have full immunity from detention.

"I call on all the members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade to be careful, and consider themselves [as being] chased by the Israeli authorities," he said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return requests for comment.

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman said two Palestinians were detained in two Jenin villages for 'illegal activity.'

The spokeswoman also confirmed the detention of 22-year-old Ahmad Fawzi Shahada from the Oref village in Nablus. Locals said he was taken to the Huwara military camp.