Israeli Army Detains 37 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem

HEBRON, November 23, 2015 (WAFA) – At least 37 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces during predawn raids across the West Bank districts, mostly in Hebron, and in Jerusalem on Monday, according to local and security sources.

In Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained six Palestinians, including a physically challenged elderly woman, her daughter and other four brothers. The woman was identified as Khadra Gebril, 68, while her daughter was identified as Samah Gebril, 24.

The four brothers are Khaled, Mahmoud, Mohammad and Ibrahim Thawabteh. They were released a few hours later.

In Hebron district, army forces stormed the town of Bani Na’im and detained four Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes. The names are Ahmad Tarayrah, Tha’er Hmedat, Hamada Manasrah, and Udai Zeidat.

The Israeli army also stormed nearby Beit Ummar town and detained five Palestinians, who were identified as Wahid Abu-Maria, 47, Mahmoud Alqam, 37, Ali Sabarneh, 22, Anwar Awad, 21, and Zeyad Ekhlail, 35, who is suffering a previous injury. The five are also former prisoners in Israeli jails.

Soldiers raided other homes in Beit Ummar at midnight and took pictures of them, while also handed 11-year-old Obada Alami a notice to appear for interrogation at the nearby Gush Etzion military complex.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces broke into the southern Hebron district and detained Essa Birawi, 23, and the two brothers Mohammad Najjar, 19, and Rami Najjar, 23.

Forces also raided nearby al-Arroub refugee camp, where they detained Na’im Rushdi and Nour Badran, two local Palestinians.

The Israeli army also broke into nearby Idna and Dora towns in Hebron district, where they confiscated an amount of 21,000 shekels ($5,400) and searched several houses in the two towns. Israeli soldiers raided the house of Saadi Tmeza, 23, and detained him.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah, and nearby Jalazoun refugee camp, where they detained Shafiq Masri, 18, Shadi Safi, 18, Anas Nakhleh Ibrahim Mezher, 13, and Moath Khatib, 15.

Mezher’s brother, Jaber, was taken to a nearby military checkpoint and was beat up by soldiers before he was released within hours.

In Nablus, army broke into the village of Beit Furik and detained three Palestinians, who were identified as Tamer Hanani, Mosab Mletat, and Ibrhaim Abu-Heit.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police detained at least three Palestinians in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood; two of them were identified as Obada Dandis and Lo’ai Dandis. Police officers searched the house of Lo’ai and assaulted him and his father prior to his detention.

In Jenin district, Israeli authorities detained two minors, identified as Orwah Qabaha, 15, and Mohammad Qabaha, 14, both from the village of Barta’a, after they were summoned to nearby Salem military complex for interrogation.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, Israeli army stormed the town of Beit Fajjar and notified two Palestinians to appear for interrogation at the nearby Gush Etzion military complex.

Later on Monday, Israeli soldiers and snipers mounted the rooftop of a house in nearby Aida refugee camp. There were no reports of arrests in the camp.