Israeli Forces Detain Four Palestinians, Summon Three Others from Bethlehem, Hebron

HEBRON, April 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained early Tuesday four Palestinians and summoned four others from Hebron and Bethlehem, said security sources and a local activist.

Israeli forces stormed Tarqumia, a town to the northwest of Hebron, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their homes.

The detainees were identified as Ali Fataftah and Saeb Mahmoud, who is a student enrolled in the Palestine Polytechnic University.

Forces stationed on the Container military checkpoint, to the east of Jerusalem, stopped and detained a Palestinian. The detainee was identified as Khamis al-‘Ajlouni.

Meanwhile, forces broke into Jabal Abu Rumman in the city, where they conducted military drills in Palestinian lands planted with wheat and barley crops, destroying the crops, causing traffic jams in the areas and spreading fear among locals.

Forces also stormed the northern section of the area, where they broke into a local’s house, destroying its main gate and wrecking havoc inside it.

According to the local spokesperson for the Anti-settlement Popular Committee Muhammad ‘Awad, forces broke into the house of Abdul-Fattah Jawabrah, where they handed him along with his two sons, TaqeyIddin, 15, and Ahmad, 18, notices summoning them to turn themselves to Israeli intelligence.

In the meantime in Bethlehem district, forces detained a Palestinian after breaking into his house. The detainee was identified as Ahmad Manasra, 23.

In Jenin district, troops stormed Zbuba, a village to the northwest of the city, where they conducted military drills in the vicinity of al-Jalama military checkpoint. Troops fired stun grenades and flares and broke into four local homes belonging to Samir, Fadel, ‘Abdul-Fattah and ‘Abdulkarim, ransacking them and interrogating the owners.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police banned three Palestinian from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound for a ten-day and thirty-day period.

Hamza Khalaf, 24, a guard employed by the Islamic Waqf, was summoned by Israeli intelligence in the al-Qashala detention center purportedly for turning a blind eye to Palestinian Muslim worshippers’ confrontation of Israeli settlers who forced their way into the compound and incitement.

In addition, two other elderly Palestinians identified as Taha Shawahna, 69, a resident of Sikhnin, and Khair Shaymi, 59, a resident of al-Maker village, were banned entry into the compound for thirty days.