Druze in the village of Majdal Shams
Druze in the village of Majdal Shams Photo by Archive
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A Druze man suspected of committing crimes against state security was the target of a raid on the Golan village of Majdal Shams on Sunday that turned violent as thousands of locals tried to prevent police from searching for him.

A gag order lifted on Monday revealed the purpose of the raid, which was orchestrated by the Shin Bet security services and the National Unit of International Investigations. Police had intended to search for Fada Sha'ar, not necessarily arrest him, but he was detained following the clashes that ensued.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court on Monday extended his remand by eight days, for the duration of the initial investigation. The details of the affair have been placed under gag order.

Thousands of Majdal Shams residents tried to block police from entering Sha'ar's home during the raid on Sunday, leaving a number of officers trapped by the large crowd for over two hours.

Residents said a number of their own were wounded in the incident, but police deny that there were any casualties. The masses agreed to back off after a lengthy negotiation between the community's elders and police.

According to eyewitnesses, the 20-strong police force tried to enter a house in the village at around 6 P.M. using clubs and tear gas. Both family members and police officers were injured in the incident, and although the police called for reinforcements, the house was quickly surrounded by an angry crowd.