Israel Arrests 20 Palestinians in West Bank

RAMALLAH, March 16, 2015 (WAFA) – At least 20 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli army last night, particularly during military raids and search operations across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, where they arrested Baker Ewes, 16, Wael Salaymeh, 16, and Nour Zaghal, 17.

The police also arrested three other teenagers in the nearby neighborhood of al-Issawiya. The three were identified as Karim Mustafa, 15, Yousef Mustafa, 16, and Shaker Mustafa, 16, reported the Jerusalem Prisoners’ Families association.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army stormed the village of Qaryout, south of Nablus, and arrested three local residents. They were identified as Hussein and Tha’er Mardawi and Hareth Allan.

Army also stormed the nearby villages of Zawata and Beit Iba, where they arrested Mohammad Miari and Khaled Abu Bader. An army force also broke into nearby Deir sharaf, but there were no reports of arrests.

In the meantime, army broke into the town of Dora, southwest of Hebron, and arrested a father and his son, after raiding and searching their home. The father was identified as Mahmoud Rajoub, 49, and his son, Alaa, 26.

Army stormed the nearby al-Fawwar refugee camp, and arrested Mohammad Abu Tuaimah, 20, Mohammad Fayez Abdullah, 21, and Mohammad Zaki Abdullah, 20.

Army forces set multiple checkpoints across the Hebron district, causing a traffic jam, but there were no further reports of arrests in the area.

Meanwhile in Jenin, in northern West Bank, the army stormed the city and arrested two Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes. They were identified as Nazmi Alawneh, 28, and Zakaria Azzouka, 24.

In Ramallah, Israeli army broke into the village of Beit Rima, west of the city where they arrested Omar and Adham Rimawi.

Army also stormed the villages of Beit Fajjar and Shawawrah, south of Bethlehem, and handed notices to two local residents to appear for interrogation at a nearby military base.