Israel Arrests Dozen in West Bank, East Jerusalem

WEST BANK, February 4, 2015 (WAFA) – In a systematic carried out by Israel on daily bases, dozens of Palestinians were arrested on Wednesday by the Israeli army and police across the West Bank and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.

Army forces stormed the city of Hebron and arrested minors Mohammad Abu Atwan, 15, Qusai Atrash, 15, and Ahmad Hrebat, 16, after raiding their homes and tampering with their property.

Israeli soldiers broke into the nearby town of Beit Ummar, where they arrested Ahmad Awad, 17, and Rashid Awad, 17; both are secondary school students.

Army also arrested teenagers Mu’men Abu Hawash and Ahmad Shenan.

The military predawn incursion into the town provoked confrontations with local residents, where soldiers fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards the residents, causing cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested two Palestinians after raiding their homes in al-Tour neighborhood in the city. The two were identified as Faisal Abul-Hawa, 17, and Afif Abul-Hawa, 17.

In the meantime, Israeli soldiers broke into Aqabat Jaber refugee camp near Jericho, where they arrested Ra’fat Atallah, 30, Mohammad Kaabneh, 20, and Mohammad Barakah, 25.

An army force broke into the headquarters of the Young Men’s Christian Association and searched the students’ dormitory, before arresting Fahd Bani Odeh, 18.

Israeli army and police in the West Bank and Jerusalem conduct arrests among Palestinians on a daily basis. Most of the arrests are carried out during night time, which often include raids on homes and frightening of vulnerable civilians.

The Palestinian prisoner’s Club (PPC) reported that Israel has arrested 350 Palestinians from several cities and towns across the West Bank districts in January 2015 alone. With the highest number of arrests documented in Hebron, amounting to 120 arrests, followed by East Jerusalem, where 20 Palestinians were detained.

The Hebron arrests included 25 minors and eight students, in addition to 16 residents suffering from various health problems and two females aged 22 and 26.  Around 37 residents were placed under administrative detention.

More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences. About 1,500 prisoners are believed to have health problems due to medical negligence.