Israel Arrests 7 Palestinians in Bethlehem, Jerusalem

BETHLEHEM, May 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army and police on Monday arrested seven Palestinians, including four teenagers and a mother, during separate raids in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, according to local sources.

The army stormed the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, in the predawn hours and arrested four Palestinian teenagers, who were identified as brothers Dawoud, 17, and Omar Salah, 15, Mohammad Asaad Sbeih, 17, and Jihad Sbeih, 17. Army forces raided their homes and searched them before they were arrested.

The force also summoned three local residents, including the father of the above-mentioned two brothers,  for interrogation at the nearby Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the neighborhood of Silwan in the city and arrested female Asmaa Shuyukhi, and her two sons Mosab, 25, and Mansour, 23. Shuyukhi and her two sons were led to a nearby detention facility in the city.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Centre for Studies (PPCS), the Israeli forces have arrested 78 Palestinian women in the first quarter of 2015, including several minors.

It said that the year 2015 has seen a clear escalation in the detention of Palestinian women, including minors. ‘Most of [the women] were arrested inside the Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa Mosque,’ the NGO said.

In the meantime, an Israeli army force broke into the town of Ya’bad, west of Jenin, at midnight, provoking confrontations with local residents. Soldiers fired teargas canisters during the clashes, causing many cases of suffocation due to tear gas inhalation.