HEBRON, August 13, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli forces on Wednesday arrested at least 14 Palestinians during night and predawn raids across the West Bank, according to local and security sources.
Army forces stormed Hebron City and arrested two Palestinians, including an 18-year-old, before leading them to an unknown destination. Israeli soldiers raided a number of houses in the city and sabotaged their furniture, yet no further arrests were reported.
Forces also stormed the nearby town of Yatta, where they arrested a local resident and searched other houses and sabotaged their furniture.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Awad, coordinator of the anti-settlement committee in the town of Beit Ummar to the north of Hebron, said large Israeli troops deployed in the town and arrested two Palestinians, 23 and 27, including a university student, after raiding their houses. Forces broke into the student’s family home using special equipments and arrested him while wearing only his underwear.
The Israeli soldiers shot poison gas towards the local residents in the town, causing many cases of suffocation among them. They were provided with first aid at the scene.
During the night hours, soldiers stormed other towns in Hebron Governorate and set military checkpoints, causing a traffic jam.
Meanwhile in the central West Bank district of Salfit, Israeli army stormed the village of Deir Istiya and arrested four Palestinians, reported the village mayor, Ayyoub Abu Hajlah, adding that the Israeli soldiers broke into a house, under construction, and turned it into a military outpost.
In the meantime, army forces stormed the village of Zububa, to the northwest of Jenin, and arrested two Palestinians, 20 and 25, after raiding their houses and sabotaging their furniture. Forces also raided several other houses and interrogated their residents, yet no further arrests were made.
Army also stormed the nearby village of Kaferet, raided several houses, including the house of a former Palestinian prisoner, and interrogated their residents. Soldier further raided many houses in the nearby village of Burqin and interrogated their residents.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed the village of al-Auja, to the north of Jericho, and arrested two local residents, both in their 20 of age, as well as raided sabotaged with the contents of other houses in the village.
Furthermore, Israeli army stormed the city of Bethlehem and handed summons to a local resident to appear for interrogation.