Israel Arrests Eight Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem

WEST BANK, March 23, 2015 (WAFA) – At least six Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli army forces on Sunday and Monday, during night and predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Hebron and Jenin, local and security sources informed WAFA.

The Israeli army broke into the city of Nablus, and raided a number of homes before arresting two local residents, who were identified as Taher Ramaha and Mohammad Al-Khabbas.

Meanwhile, the army arrested 27-year-old Iyad Thaher, from the nearby village of Yaseed, while crossing an Israeli checkpoint near the city of Jericho.

Earlier, Israeli soldiers broke into the village of Burin, south of Nablus, and arrested 15-year-old Hussein Najjar after raiding his parents’ house. The army incursion into the village provoked confrontations with local residents.

A separate army force also broke into the town of Arrab, southwest of Jenin, and arrested Abdullah Abu Salah, 24, after raiding and searching his family home.

In Hebron, an Israeli army troop stormed the town of Beit Ummar, where they arrested 17-year-old Mohammad Bahar, after raiding and searching his family house. The raid force also targeted other houses in the town, during which Israeli soldiers smashed the main gates. However, there were no reports of arrests.

Meanwhile in the village of Deir Nizam, west of Ramallah, Israeli settlers protected by an Israeli army force broke into the small village and the settlers reportedly attacked a private-owned yard in the village and damaged trees, mainly olives, grapes and figs, a local source told WAFA.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya, where they arrested Mohammad Abu Ramouz and Mohammad Saida, both 16 years old, after raiding and searching their homes.

Police also raided a number of houses in the village, including the house of prisoners former hunger striker Samer al-Issawi and his sister lawyer Shireen.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israeli forces conducted 90 search and arrest operations and arrested 107 Palestinians in the West Bank, between March 10 and 16 only.

The report highlighted the Hebron governorate accounting for the highest proportion of operations with 23 arrests, while the highest number of arrests of 32 was recorded in Jerusalem.