Israeli Forces Storm Blacksmith, Lathing Workshops in Bethlehem, Hebron Raids

Israeli forces Tuesday stormed several blacksmith and lathing workshops during overnight raids across the southern West Bank districts of Bethlehem and Hebron, said security and medical sources.

Forces stormed and ransacked several blacksmith and lathing workshops during raids into Bethlehem city and Ad-Doha town, west of Bethlehem, blowing up their doors.

They seized the contents of the workshops, including lathing machines, purportedly for being used for manufacturing weapons.

Some of the workshops belong to the Atiq and al-Hanash families, and two others belong to Johnny Anastas and George Danho.

Elsewhere in Bethlehem district, Israeli troops stormed al-Jami’a Cafeteria during a raid that triggered violent clashes in the Bethlehem neighborhood of al-Cinema.

Troops destroyed the main doors of the cafeteria before briefly detaining the attendants (tenders).

Clashes erupted overnight between local Palestinian youths and Israeli troops who indiscriminately fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics confirmed that a youth was evacuated to a hospital for treatment after being hit and injured by a live round in the leg.

Five other youths were reportedly hit and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and six others suffocated from tear gas inhalation. They were treated on the scene.

Meanwhile, forces broke into several stores, a house and a blacksmith workshop during a raid into the Hebron neighborhood of Wadi al-Hariya, seizing the contents of the workshop.

The workshops reportedly belong to the Abu Shakhdum family and the house belong to Nafeth Jaber.

Source: WAFA