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At least 20 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces

AT LEAST 20 Palestinians were detained by Israeli occupying forces yesterday in wide-ranging military operations in the occupied territories, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) has reported.

Soldiers opened fire as they stormed the Kalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, where two people were detained and many suffered the effects of tear-gas inhalation.

Israeli troops shot at Palestinian farmers to the east of the city of Khan Younis in the south of the besieged Gaza Strip yesterday morning, forcing them to flee their land.

An Israeli navy ship fired two shells at a Palestinian fishing boat as it was sailing six nautical miles off the Gaza shore, forcing it to return.

And authorities demolished a two-storey four-apartment block in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Isawiyya, displacing four families, including 12 children.

Fadi Ilayyan said that the destruction of his home, which had stood for 10 years, was a punishment for him working as a guard at al-Aqsa mosque.

Researcher Jamal Amr was detained in East Jerusalem on Sunday and released yesterday, with orders to stay away from al-Aqsa mosque for 10 days.

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