A Palestinian shopkeepers in the West Bank city of Bethlehem is reportedly losing $800 in cash after it was confiscated during a raid by Israel’s Shin Bet Security Services.
According to the Palestinian Press Agency, the owner of the shop is Mahmoud Abu Marwan, a 30-year-old man.
The shopkeeper was detained by the Israeli security forces and his home was searched.
The owner of this shop, whose name has not been released, told the Associated Press that his house was searched and his items were confiscated, including a large amount of cash.
A spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Interior said the investigation is ongoing and that it is impossible to confirm the details.
He said that the Israeli police have not yet confirmed the reports.
The shopkeeper said he had no money in his pocket and that he was forced to take out a loan from a friend to cover the losses.
The incident is just the latest in a string of incidents involving cash confiscations and confiscations of items during searches carried out by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on March 8 that Israeli forces carried out 5,700 searches of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the first half of 2016.
The majority of these searches were carried out against Palestinians and in the wake of the February 2016 killing of 18-year old Nabil Qana in Hebron, the Israeli authorities increased the number of searches in the Hebron area to nearly 1,000 searches per day.
Israeli authorities have accused Palestinians of looting and vandalizing the property of Israeli forces and have also accused Palestinian youth of carrying out similar acts.