Israel Arrests Eight in West Bank

HEBRON, January 20, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Tuesday arrested eight Palestinians during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Hebron, Jenin, and Tulkarm, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, army forces broke into the city in the night hours and arrested Ahmad Abu Shamsiya 24, Mohammad Rajabi, and 16-year-old Baraa Fakhouri.

Army also stormed the nearby refugee camp of al-Arroub, where they arrested 15-year-old Wadea al-Jundi after assaulting his minor brothers, 13-year-old Islam and 17 Jihad and beating them up.

Meanwhile, forces broke into the town of Dora, south of the city, and arrested Shehda Amr, 27. They also stormed the town of Beit Ummar and arrested Mahdi Ikhlail, 21, after raiding and searching his home.

The raids targeted several homes in Beit Ummar. The soldiers used sniffer dogs for searches, provoking confrontations with local residents. During the confrontations, soldiers fired live bullets, teargas canisters, and stun grenades, causing cases of suffocation.

In the meantime, army broke into the village of Jaba, to the south of Jenin, and arrested Mohammad Salatneh, 22. The army also broke into Nur Shams refugee camp in the city of Tulkarm, where they arrested Hazem Aby Daia, 23, after raiding his house.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, army broke into the nearby Aida refugee camp and handed a local resident notice to appear for interrogation at the Israeli intelligence headquarters in the nearby Gush Etzion military complex. Other homes were raided by the army, yet no further arrests were reported in the camp.