Israel Arrests Five Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank Cities

JERUSALEM, July 20, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Monday arrested at least five Palestinians during predawn raids in Jerusalem and Hebron, according to witnesses and local sources.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed Ras al-Amoud neighborhood before dawn and arrested 17-year-old Sulaiman Qaraeen, after raiding his family’s home; he was taken to a nearby interrogation center.

Earlier Sunday, Israeli police arrested three Palestinians in the same area after raiding their homes. The three were identified as Ahmad Ghoul, 17, Fathi Nasser, 18, and Nour Zaghal.

Meanwhile, police stormed a house in the Mount of Olives neighborhood and sabotaged its furniture, before notifying the family to turn in their son, Osama Barham, to the police. The police did not give a reason for the family.

To the south in Hebron, a number of Palestinians suffocated from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the town of Beit Ummar.

The army earlier set a checkpoint at the entrance of the town, where they arrested 28-year-old Salah Alami, a local baker, and forced him to accompany the army force to a nearby detention center in his own car.

The soldiers also notified another Palestinian to appear for interrogation at the nearby illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion’s military compound.

According to the World Bank, the combination of checkpoints, the separation barrier through the West Bank, and other closures – all of which greatly limit the movement of workers and goods – has caused the Palestinian people to suffer “one of the worst recessions in modern history,” with approximately 50% of the Palestinian population now living in poverty.