Israeli Forces Detain 19 Palestinians from West Bank

HEBRON, October 29, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained overnight 13 Palestinians from various West Bank districts, according to multiple security and local sources.

Israeli soldiers detained seven Palestinians from Hebron district, three others from Ramallah, two from Jenin district and another one from Tubas district.

At least six more Palestinians were detained Wednesday evening and night; three Palestinians from Hebron district, two others from Bethlehem district and another from Jericho district.

In Hebron district, Israeli forces raided several Hebron neighborhoods, where they detained a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his house. The detainee was identified as Kifah Az-Zarou, 18.

Israeli army units raided Dura town, west of the city, where they detained three Palestinians after storming their houses. Local sources identified the detainees as Ahmad Qazzaz, and his brother, Youssef, and Feras Khallaf.

One Palestinian was detained during a predawn raid that targeted the town of Surif, north of the city. The detainee is Jibril Abu Fara, while Othman ‘Adarba was detained as Israeli soldiers stormed his house in al-‘Arrub refugee camp, north of the city.

Israeli forces conducted a house-to-house raid in the camp, breaking into and searching many houses. The homeowners were identified as ‘Eid al-Fadilat, who was shot dead by Israeli forces, Isma‘il Abu Haniyya, Jihad al-Badawi, who works as a news reporter, Ghada al-Titi, Shaher and Muhammad Jawabra, Youssef Tamma‘ and Nidal ‘Ayyad.

Furthermore, forces raided Beit Ummar town, north of the city, where they broke into and ransacked several houses belonging to Mohammad Abu Maria, and his brother, Mahmoud.

During the predawn raid, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian identified as Khalid Abu Maria, 17. This came several hours after forces detained three other Palestinians from the Hebron town of Dura and the vicinity of Etzion junction, north of the city.

Two Palestinians from Dura were detained as they appeared before Israeli intelligence in the Gush Etzion interrogation and detention center. They were identified as Ghazi al-Wahwah, 50, and his son, Muhammad.

This arrest was carried out after Ghazi, who apparently works as a construction worker in Israel, was stopped by soldiers on Tarqumiya border crossing, west of Hebron, and his work permit was confiscated. Ghazi was ordered to appear with his son before intelligence, which ended with them being detained.

Another Palestinian was detained Wednesday evening in the vicinity of Gush Etzion junction, north of the city. Hamza Abu al-Filat, 26, was detained purportedly for attempting to stab a settler in the area.

Concurrently, two Palestinians were physically assaulted by Israeli soldiers at Beit ‘Anun checkpoint, east of Hebron. Both Islam al-Bakri, 19, and Ibrahim al-Hashlamun, 18, were detained for several hours and physically assaulted.

In the aftermath of the attack, they sustained wounds and bruises across their bodies and were rushed into a Hebron hospital.

Meanwhile in Ramallah district, forces detained three Palestinian minors after raiding Ni‘lin village, west of the city. WAFA’s photojournalist identified the detainees as Suhaib Srour, ‘Abdullah ‘Amira, and his brother Naser, all of whom are schoolboys.

In the meantime in Tubas, forces detained a Palestinian during a predawn raid into the city.

Red Crescent sources said forces detained Jihad Maslamani after breaking into and ransacking his father’s house, noting the father, Mustafa, has been expelled by Israeli into the Gaza Strip.

During the raid, forces broke into a local bakery, briefly detaining and interrogating the workers.

Furthermore, in Jenin district, forces detained two Palestinians and summoned another in predawn raid into Barta‘a village and Jaba town, southwest and south of the city. Israeli soldiers detained Ali Qabaha, 23, after breaking into and searching his house.

Forces also raided Jaba‘, where they detained Murad Fashafsha and summoned Murad Malaysha, a former detainee, after breaking into their houses. Two more Palestinians from the Bethlehem village of Husan were detained at an Israeli checkpoint to the west of the city Wednesday evening.

The detainees were identified as Karam Za‘oul, 20, and Ahmad Hamamra, 21.  Another Palestinian, who remained unidentified, was detained by Israeli forces in a commercial center in Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of the city.

In Jericho district, forces detained a Palestinian from ‘Ein As-Sultan refugee camp, north of the city. Muhammad Abu Zeid was detained at a military checkpoint at the northern entrance of Jericho.