Israeli Forces Detain Four Palestinians, Assault Youth, Obstruct Movement

RAMALLAH, September 5, 2015 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday urged  the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (UN), ambassador Riyadh Mansour, to promptly work with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to take the appropriate and necessary measures to accommodate the Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territory.

The Palestinian presidency has been making calls with the UN and relevant European sides in order to compel it to help pressure the Israeli government to allow the Palestinian territory to accommodate Palestinian refugees in order to stop the displacement, death, and dispersion across the world’s countries as a result of the ongoing difficult conditions in the region.

The presidency stressed that allowing the entry of Palestinian refugees into the Palestinian territory,  is not merely a humanitarian mission, but rather the right of every Palestinian who lives in exile and at refugee camps.

HEBRON, September 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday detained four Palestinians, including a minor, from across the West Bank, and assaulted a youth in Hebron, said security sources.

Sources said that forces detained 12-year-old Hasan al-Batsh from the old city of Hebron, whereas Ra’fat Abu sba’, 23,  was detained during clashes that broke out between locals and Israeli forces in the town of Dura to the west.

Forces stormed several Hebron neighborhoods and the town of Dura, where they broke into and searched several Palestinian houses. No arrests were made.

They further set up checkpoints at the entrance of Sa‘ir and Halhul bridge, to the northeast and north of the city, where they stopped and examined Palestinian registered vehicles and inspected passengers’ identification cards, causing a traffic jam.

Meanwhile in Nablus district, forces stationed on Za‘tara checkpoint to the south of the city detained two Palestinians identified as Ra’ed al-Qatami and Mahmoud Hamza.

Meanwhile in the northern Jordan Valley, forces stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint beat up Shadi Abu Eisheh while he was crossing the checkpoint, which necessitated his transfer to hospital for medical treatment.

In the meantime in Jenin district, forces stormed Ya‘bad, al-Hashimiya, Kufeirit, Kafr Qud, and Zbuba areas, where they launched a house-to-house raid and search operations. However, no arrests were reported.

Force also set up checkpoints at the entrances of Ta‘annak, Rummanah and Zbuba, stopping Palestinian-registered vehicles and obstructing movement.

Furthermore, forces raided Ya‘bad town and stormed and ransacked the local primary girls schools.

This came several hours after forces raided al-‘Araka village in a provocative manner, triggering clashes with locals.

During the clashes, several Palestinian locals suffocated from tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, said in a report, “Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier. The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians’ rights.”

It said that, “Prolonged checks and searches at some of the checkpoints, humiliating treatment by soldiers, and long lines deter Palestinian drivers from using some of the roads still open to their use. As a result, Palestinian movement on some of the main roads in the West Bank has decreased, and these roads are used almost exclusively by settlers.”

B’Tselem said that in February 2014 there were 99 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank: 59 are internal checkpoints, located well within the West Bank.

According to OCHA weekly report covering the period between 25 and 31 of August 2015, “Israeli forces carried out a total of 68 search and arrest operations, three of which involved violent clashes.”