Israeli Forces Arrest Dozens in West Bank and Jerusalem

NABLUS, June 17, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday continued with their wide-scale arrest campaign against Palestinians following the disappearance of three settlers, arresting dozens during predawn raids on the West Bank areas, in addition to others in Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.

In Nablus, large military forces consisting of more than 1000 soldiers stormed the city and the nearby Balata refugee camp in the predawn hours and arrested many Palestinians, of whom seven were identified.

Meanwhile, the forces raided around 30 homes in the city where they searched and sabotaged their content. They also beat up several residents.

Witnesses said soldiers also raided a three-story building, wrecking havoc in the building, and assaulted and beat up its residents before arresting two Palestinians.

In the meantime, army forces stormed Aida refugee camp and the village of Um Salmuna in Bethlehem Governorate, where they arrested two youths, 24 and 16 after raiding and searching their homes.

The forces stormed several nearby villages in Bethlehem governorate and aggressively attacked local facilities, including the attack and seizure of the content of a medical dispensary in the city of Bethlehem, in addition to stores and shops belonging to local residents. Army soldiers seized the content of the dispensary and stole computers and other contents after breaking down its front door.

In the meantime, Israeli army forces stormed the northern West Bank city of Jenin and the nearby refugee camp amid firing live bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters, causing many cases of suffocation among local residents.

During the assault, army arrested eight Palestinians, most in their twenties of age in addition to a 48-year-old, after raiding their homes and sabotaging their content. Army forces further stormed other homes in the city and damaged private-owned contents, as well as turned other homes into military outposts for hours.

Furthermore, army seized a car, which is the property of UNRWA office in Jenin, after forcing its driver at gunpoint to accompany the military vehicles.

Meanwhile in Qalqilya governorate, Israeli army stormed the village of Azzoun to the east of Qalqilya city and arrested three Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes. Army also closed all entrances leading to the village with cement blocks and sand barriers.

In the meantime, army stormed the city of Ramallah in the predawn hours and arrested three people after raiding several houses.

In Hebron, forces arrested 13 Palestinians during a predawn raid on several areas.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces late Monday night raided several homes, forced their residents to stay in one room, while using the rest of the house as sleeping quarters for the soldiers.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police arrested two Palestinians in the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque after attempting to stop settlers from perfuming rituals there by chanting religious slogans. They were led to a nearby police station.

Source: WAFA