Israel Arrests Six in West Bank, Jerusalem

WEST BANK, February 23, 2015 (WAFA) – At least six Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli army and police in the past 24 hours, most during night and predawn raids on families’ homes, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, army stormed al-Jeldah neighborhood and arrested two Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes, as well sabotaging their furniture. The two were identified as Mohammad and Ahmad Shawar.

Army also raided several nearby towns and villages and set checkpoints across the district, causing a traffic jam.

Meanwhile, army broke into the village of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah, and arrested Nayef Rimawi and Wasim Rimawi, local residents, after raiding their homes.

Army also broke into the city of Bethlehem in the predawn hours, where they arrested Ali Mohammad Salahat, 32, after raiding and searching his house. Another resident of the city was also summoned by the army to appear for interrogation at a nearby military compound.

Earlier, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian teenager, claiming he had attempted to stab a Jewish extremist in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Israeli army stormed the village of al-Araqa in Jenin district. The soldiers broke into a number of homes and questioned their residents, but there were no reports of arrests.

The army incursion into the village provoked confrontations with local residents, during which army fired teargas canisters, causing cases of suffocation by teargas inhalation.

Earlier on Sunday night, the army stormed the nearby village of Zbuba, provoking confrontations with angry local residents. Soldiers also fired teargas canisters towards the residents and into the village’s mosque, causing many residents to suffocate by inhaling teargas.

During the attack, according to witnesses, the Israeli soldiers stormed and sabotaged the content of a Palestinian-owned store in the village.