Israeli Forces Detain Five Palestinians, Summon another from Hebron Town

HEBRON, August 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained early Monday five Palestinians and summoned another from Beit Ummar town to the north of Hebron in the southern West Bank, reported a local activist.

According to Coordinator of the Popular Committee against Wall and Settlement Muhammad Awad, Israeli forces raided the town, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their families’ houses.

The two detainees were identified as Hamza Ikhlail, 18, and Nour Arar, 19.

Arar’s father was handed a notice ordering him to appear before Israeli intelligence in the ‘Gush Etzion’ interrogation and detention center.

Local media (PNN) reported that forces detained other three Palestinians during the raid.

The detainees were identified as Rami Ibrahim, 22, Mayes Hammad, 19, and Ayesh Awad, 19.

Furthermore, forces raided Adh-Dhahiriya and Yatta towns, located to the south of the city, as well as several neighborhoods across the city. They also set up checkpoints at the northern entrance of the city as well as the entrance of Sa‘ir, a town to the northeast of the city, where they stopped and examined Palestinian-registered vehicles and inspected passengers’ ID cards.

This came as dozens of armed Israeli settlers forced their way into the old town of Arnaba (Khirbet Arnaba) to the west of Halhul, a town to the north of the city.

Protected by Israeli forces, three truckloads of settlers stormed Khirbet Arnaba, where they performed Talmudic rituals and prayers.