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IDF confiscates 8 Palestinian buses in Nablus

Army says vehicles were being used to transfer demonstrators to clashes with troops at West Bank checkpoints

A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus on October 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus on October 9, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH)

Israeli forces confiscated eight Palestinian public transportation buses early Thursday morning in the West Bank city of Nablus, Israel Radio reported.

The army reportedly told Palestinians the buses were taken because they were being used to transport demonstrators to clashes at checkpoints with Israeli troops.

The buses, reported to belong to the Al-Tamimi company, were mainly used on the Nablus-Ramallah route as well as for routes within Nablus, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

Ma’an said that the buses had been taken to an IDF base south of Nablus, where they would be held “until further notice.”

Also Thursday, a Palestinian man was killed by IDF fire during clashes with Israeli troops near the West Bank village of Qatana, north of Jerusalem, Palestinian officials said. Palestinians say Yahya Yasri Taha was the hundredth Palestinian killed by Israel in the recent escalation of violence, which began at the beginning of October.

That figure includes Palestinian terrorists shot by Israeli security forces as they carried out or tried to carry out attacks. More than 20 Israelis and foreign nationals have been killed by Palestinian assailants since October 1.

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