Israel Arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank, Assaults Toddler, two Elders

JENIN, June 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday arrested nine Palestinians from across the West Bank and attacked a toddler, while Israeli police arrested two women and assaulted two elders in Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.

Israeli forces stormed Jenin refugee camp, fired stun grenades, and arrested three youths after raiding and destroying the entire content of their families’ homes, including the main front doors.

They were identified as Farooq Salameh, 21, Yehya Balalweh, 20, and Joma’a al-Ghoul, whose son was brutally assaulted during his arrest. Israeli forces further detained Ahmad al-Qaniri for hours before releasing him.

Israeli forces also arrested an 18-year-old identified as Abd al-Hamid Hammad, after raiding several homes in the town of Silwad to the East of Ramallah.

Meanwhile, Israeli police arrested a woman and her son, while visiting her imprisoned husband held in Israeli Eishel jail, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements, Ahmad Salah, told WAFA. She was identified as Amina Manasra.

Israeli soldiers further arrested a Palestinian minor from Aida refugee camp after appearing before the Israeli intelligence at the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, citing the pretext of stone-throwing at Israeli soldiers. He was identified as Ahmad al-Azraq, 14.

In Hebron, Israeli soldiers arrested ex-detainee Eisa al-Za’aqiq, 24, at a checkpoint stationed at the entrance of the town of Beit Ummar. He was led to an interrogation center to the north of Hebron.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested two Palestinian women, while they were leaving al-Aqsa Mosque; for chanting religious slogans to fend off settlers’ attempts to tour the Mosque’s yards.

Israeli police further attacked two elders after a verbal quarrel with the police to protest the arrest of the aforementioned women.

Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been a scene of almost daily provocative visits by Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli police. Palestinian worshippers attempt to fend off settlers’ visits through chanting religious slogans, which often leads to clashes, where Palestinians are usually arrested.

Israeli police imposes restrictions on Palestinians’ entry into the Mosque, while allows settlers to tour its compound freely.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoner’s club (PPC) said that forces arrested Tawfiq Nazzal, 30, from Qalqilia after assaulting his family members, including his four-year-old child. The child was transferred to hospital for treatment.