Israeli Forces Detain Four Palestinians from Hebron District

HEBRON, November 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces overnight detained four Palestinians, including a 14-year-old child, from Halhul and Yatta towns, north and south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, security sources told WAFA.

Israeli forces raided Halhul town, north of Hebron, where they detained three Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses. They were identified as Baha’ Sa‘id, 31, Nidal Madiyya, 22, and Marwan Hnaihin, 20.

Israeli soldiers also raided Yatta town, south of Hebron and detained a Palestinian child identified as Asef Ishraitih, 14. Forces reportedly intensified restrictions imposed on Palestinians’ movement, closing most of the city entrances using steel gates, concrete blocks and earth mounds.

Israeli soldiers have also set up military checkpoints at the entrances of al-Fawwar, Yatta and Nabi Younes, north of Halhul, obstructing locals’ access to Hebron areas causing hardship and constant uncertainty in terms of everyday tasks such as getting to work or school or visiting relatives.

The movement restrictions and searching raids came several hours after a 22-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces purportedly for ramming his vehicle into two Israeli soldiers at Halhul junction, north of Hebron, as Israeli authorities claimed.

Israeli soldiers opened live fire at Ibrahim Skafi, killing him at the scene. This also came a day after the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process held a joint press conference with Governor of Hebron Kamil Hmeid following a special visit to monitor the situation and evaluate the rise of violence in the city.

Mladenov promised, during the press conference, to keep the UN Security Council informed about the situation in Hebron, where Palestinians are living a state of mounting tension, anger and hopelessness amidst the killings of Palestinians by Israeli military and attacks by settlers.

Meanwhile in Jenin district, forces broke into several houses in Jenin city and refugee camp, interrogating homeowners and ransacking and wrecking havoc into their houses, triggering clashes with local Palestinians.

WAFA reported on security sources as explaining that Israeli soldiers broke into, searched and took photos for a house belonging to Mufid al-Ahmad in the Jenin city neighborhood of al-Jaberyat.

Forces also broke into the houses of Bassam al-Sa‘dai, who is affiliated to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, as well as the houses of his brothers and their sons, tampering with their possessions.