Israeli Forces Arrest Seven, Raid Towns, Suffocate Residents

WEST BANK, January 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Forces Monday arrested seven Palestinians from several towns and villages across the West Bank during multiple raid campaigns and suffocated residents with toxic and teargas grenades, said witnesses and local sources.

According to a security source in the Palestinian Authority Israeli soldiers arrested 24-year-old Hamzeh Radaydi after undergoing interrogation at the Israeli intelligence center after being summoned earlier to the Gosh Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem.

Meanwhile in Qalqilia to the north of the West Bank, Israeli army forces arrested a Palestinian from the town of Amatin, while raided the town of Jayous east of Qalqilia. Several residents were ordered to refer to the Israeli intelligence as well.

The Palestinian detained in Qalqilia was identified as Muhammad Suwan, 60. After raiding his house at 5am, his entire house was searched and later Suwan was arrested even though his health condition is sensitive.

Suwan’s son, Baha’ ad-Din, 33, was arrested on Sunday as well.

Witnesses told WAFA that Jayous was raided at 1am. The town has been under attack and frequent night raids since the night before yesterday. Soldiers detained 10 residents and released few of them Monday at dawn.

In Hebron, Israeli forces arrested five. Security sources told WAFA that the old city was raided and the two minors, Muhanad Jaber, 16, and Muhammad Abu Atwan, 16, and Muhammad Haitham Abu Atwan were arrested. Both Abu Atwan are residents of Dura village.

A number of residents suffered suffocation after soldiers shot toxic grenades at unarmed residents near Abu Rish checkpoint in the Old City in Hebron.

WAFA reporter said that the clashes erupted after soldiers raided the area. Several residents were treated at the scene.

According to the spokesman of the Anti Settlement Committee in Beit Ummar Mohammed Awad, Israeli soldiers raided the town spreading anxiety and fear among families and children in particular.

Awad said they arrested Ibrahim Ikhlil, 17, and Omar Abu Ayyash, 19, and led them to the Etzion military camp to the north of Hebron.

With the arrest of Ikhlil and Abu Ayyash, the number of Beit Ummar’s youth arrested since the start of the month rose up to 38; 17 of whom are minors under the age of 18.

Soldiers also raided several neighborhoods in Hebron and set checkpoints at the entrances of Sa’ir, Halhoul and the entrance to the northern Hebron. Vehicles with Palestinian registration plates were stopped and inspected causing a traffic jam.

In Bethlehem, security sources told WAFA that Israeli soldiers summoned both Shadi Hamedi, 40, from Beit Sahour and Muhammad el-Hilo, 38, from Jabal al-Mawaleh to refer to the Israeli intelligence, after raiding their houses.

To the north of Bethlehem, Israeli forces broke into family houses that belong to Khalil and Samer al-Nashash, Fuad al-Adwin and Ibrahim Da’ra, while in Jenin, north of the West Bank, detained a number of residents at a checkpoint to the west.