Israel Arrests 13 Palestinians in West Bank

WEST BANK, June 1, 2015 (WAFA) – At least 10 Palestinians were arrested late Sunday night and Monday at dawn by the Israeli army and police, in raids that targeted many cities across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, said local and security sources.

Army forces broke into the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem, before dawn and arrested three Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes. The three were identified as Mohammad Jamal Zaoul, Mohammad Ali Hamamreh and Mohammad Shousheh.

Meanwhile, the army broke into Nablus, in northern West Bank, and nearby Balata refugee camp and arrested Mohammad Salah Hejazi, 31, and Ahmad Bitawi, 33. A resident of nearby Tell was also arrested at a flying Israeli army checkpoint near the village last night. He was identified as Sameh Othman.

Israeli army also stormed the city of Jenin and arrested 40-year-old Ghassan Atrash, after raiding his house and the houses of his three brothers. Another army force stormed the nearby town of Jaba’ and arrested 20-year-old Ameen Kan’an after raiding his house and sabotaging furniture.

The military incursion into Jaba’ provoked confrontations with local residents, during which the army fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards them, causing multiple cases of suffocation.

In the meantime, the army notified a resident of the village of Tinnik about their intent to demolish an artesian well that he owns, under the pretext it was constructed without an Israeli permit.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the neighborhood of Silwan and arrested five local residents after raiding their homes in separate raids. The five, whowere identified as Khalil Odeh, Amer Abbasi, Mohammad Abbasi, Mohammad Jabari and Udai Khweis, were led to a nearby police interrogation center.

Earlier last night, Israeli soldiers at a flying checkpoint near Bethlehem physically assaulted a passenger, leaving bruises all over his body. He was identified as Ahmad Salah, 25, and was transferred to hospital for medical treatment.