Israel Detains 14 Palestinians in West Bank, Conducts Night Raids in Hebron

HEBRON, November 18, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army forces Wednesday detained at least 14 Palestinians, including four minors, during predawn raids and searches in Hebron district and other areas in the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

Army forces broke into the town of Idna, west of Hebron, and detained two Palestinians, indentified as Mosab Abu-Juhesheh, 24, and Waddah Abu-Juhesheh, 24.

Army also stormed the nearby al- Aroub Refugee Camp where they detained Mahdi Badawi, 20, Imad al-Jundi, 18, and Mohammad Hasaniya, 18.

Meanwhile, forces broke into the towns of Surif, Yatta, and Beit Ummar in the district, where they detained Zeyad Abu-Fara, 20, Mohammad Shreteh, 22, and Mohammad Abu-Dayyeh, 16. The army searched the house of Abu-Dayyeh before detaining him.

In the meantime, Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Hebron, said Israeli forces raided the Bedouin village of Janba, south of Hebron, and searched a number of tents and caves in the village after forcing their Palestinian residents to remain outside in the cold winter weather.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian minor, unidentified yet, as he attempted to cross through an Israeli-controlled checkpoint outside Hebron’s aI-Ibrahimi Mosque. He was transferred to an unknown destination.

Soldiers also detained another minor, whose identity remains unidentified, after beating him up.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers stationed at Huwwara junction checkpoint, south of Nablus, detained Aymad Hamzawi, 17, as he attempted to cross the checkpoint.

In Jerusalem, Israeli security forces broke into the town of Anata, west of the city, and detained three Palestinians, identified as Mohammad al-Omari, Alaa Hamdan, and Mohammad Salameh.

Earlier last night, Israeli army carried out a raid and search offensive in Hebron city; local residents reported that Israeli soldiers raided their homes, forced several families, including children, to stay outside in the cold winter weather, ransacked amounts of money, as well as took over several rooftops and turned them into military outposts.

Soldiers further interrogated and verbally assaulted the homes’ residents as well as used tear gas canisters against them, which spread panic and fear among them, particularly children.

Forces reportedly obstructed the work of journalists at the scene during the night offensive; threatening to smash their cameras and arrest them, WAFA correspondent said.