Israel Detains Nine Palestinians, Summons Youth in West Bank

RAMALLAH, July 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday detained nine Palestinians, including two minors, and summoned a youth for interrogation from various West Bank districts, said local sources.

Israeli military vehicles raided at dawn the town of Silwad to the east of Ramallah, where soldiers accompanied with tracking dogs broke into and ransacked several homes, spreading panic among residents, especially children, and sparking clashes.

During the dawn raid, forces detained three residents identified as two brothers Abdullah and Ali Hamed and Amjad al-Najjar.

Forces further broke into and thoroughly searched two houses belonging to Ahmad Subhi and Yousef al-Najjar, where they seized the homes’ private surveillance cameras.

During clashes that erupted in the wake of the raid, forces fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets towards residents, however, no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, forces detained an unidentified number of Palestinians and summoned at least a youth during overnight house-to-house raids across several neighborhoods, including Jabal Az-Zaytoun neighborhood that overlooks the Old City.

WAFA correspondent reported that police detained two Palestinian minors from Jerusalem city. Both detainees remain unidentified.

During the raid in Jabal Az-Zaytoun neighborhood, police detained several Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their homes.

One detainee was identified as Ahmad al-Tamimi.

This came several hours after police Monday evening summoned a Palestinian from the same neighborhood after breaking into his family’s home.

Police handed the homeowner a notice ordering him to turn his son, Akram, over to the Israeli intelligence for inteerogation. Akram is currently banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Other local media reported that forces arrested three other Palestinians from Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah districts.

Wattan news agency reported that Israeli police stormed Jerusalem’s Shu‘fat refugee camp, where they detained a Palestinian young man identified as Nour Abu Zneid.

In the meantime in Bethlehem district, forces raided Nahalin village, where they broke into and searched several homes and detained Bara’ Abu Ghayada, 19.

In Ramallah district, a Palestinian was detained following clashes that broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths near al-Jalazoun refugee camp. The detainee was identified as Muhammad Safi.