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10 Dec, 2018 20:55

Israeli troops raid Palestinian news agency looking for footage, fire tear gas

 Israeli troops raid Palestinian news agency looking for footage, fire tear gas

Israeli troops have raided the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, which says the soldiers fired tear gas inside the building and locked journalists in a single room as they were looking for CCTV footage.

“Dozens of heavily armed Israeli soldiers” have made it inside the WAFA headquarters in Ramallah in the occupied West bank on Monday, the agency said.

The IDF fired tears gas inside the building causing suffocation and difficulty in breathing among the staff, it added.

The journalists were ordered to stay in a single room as the Israeli troops entered the server room and went through the agency’s security footage.

They withdrew after around an hour, taking copies of videos from the CCTV cameras with them, WAFA said.

General Supervisor of the official Palestinian media, Ahmad Assaf, has condemned the raid, but assured that “it will not prevent us from doing our work toward our people and to expose the occupation crimes to the world.”

Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment when addressed by Reuters on the operation.

However, the WAFA raid took place a day after six Israelis citizens were critically wounded in a Palestinian drive-by shooting at a bus stop outside a settlement east of Ramallah.

The IDF said earlier that it has been actively searching for suspected perpetrators in the area. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, also vowed that the Jewish state will pursue the Palestinian attackers and settle the score with them.”

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The Israeli troops have been demanding that shops, restaurants, and other businesses hand their security camera footage over in other parts of Ramallah as well.

The incursion faced backlash from the Palestinians, who were throwing stones at the soldiers. Clashes erupted at several locations, including outside the WAFA headquarters.

The IDF employed teargas and stun grenades to make the crowd disperse. Two Palestinians were also injured with live fire, the local medics said.

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