Israel Detains Five Palestinians in West Bank, Summons Palestinian for Interrogation

BETHLEHEM, May 30, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday detained five people, including three international activists, from West Bank districts, as well as summoned a Palestinian for interrogation, said a local Palestinian activist and security sources.

Israeli forces suppressed a sit-in protest organized by Palestinian and international activists against Israeli settlers’ attempts to take over a church compound, known as al-Baraka House compound near the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Arrub between Hebron and Bethlehem.

Forces cordoned off the area and proceeded to fire tear gas canisters and stun grenades at participant activists, causing many to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation. Forces further physically attacked protesters with the butts of their rifles, causing many to suffer from bruises and injuries throughout their bodies.

They detained four anti-settlement activists; including a Palestinian activist identified as Yousef Abu Maria and three other international activists.

Meanwhile in Hebron district, forces raided Beit Kahel town to the northwest of the city, where they arrested a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his home.

He was identified as Muhammad al-Zarou, 19.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, forces raided al-‘Azza refugee camp to the north of the city, where they summoned a Palestinian.

Akram al-Barbari was handed a notice ordering him to appear before Israeli intelligence in the Israeli settlement bloc of ‘Gush Etzion’ to the south of the city.