Israeli Forces Detain Nine, Summon Two Children from West Bank Districts

HEBRON, February 17, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained overnight nine Palestinians and summoned two children from various West Bank districts, said security sources and a local activist.

Israeli forces raided Hebron city, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into their families’ houses. The detainees were identified as ‘Izzat al-Khatib, 21, and Shadi al-Hashlamon, 21.

They also raided Surif town north of the city, where they detained a Palestinian young man after breaking into his family’s house. The detainee was identified as Yousef Jubran, 20.

Undercover Israeli forces and several military vehicles raided Beit Ummar town to the north of the city, where they proceeded to storm a house belonging to Muhammad Ikhlail, destroying the main door and ransacking it.

Local Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement Muhammad ‘Awad said that forces inspected and damaged Ikhlail’s vehicle, seized a laptop and detained his son, Odai, 27, who is a former prisoner.

Soldiers stormed several neighborhoods across the city, set up roadblocks at the entrances of Sa‘ir and Halhul as well as the northern entrance of the city, where they stopped and inspected vehicles with Palestinian registration plates and examined passengers’ ID cards.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, police stormed a house belonging to Arafat Abu Isbeitan in Jabal Al-Zeitoun’s al-Tur neighborhood overlooking the Old City, where they summoned two children.

Isbeitan was handed an order summoning his two children Muhammad, 12, and Ibrahim, 10, to appear before Israeli intelligence in West Jerusalem.

Police officers stationed at Bab al-Nather leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound detained a Palestinian woman while she was exiting the compound. The woman remains unidentified.

This came shortly after Palestinian Muslim women attempted to confront groups of extremist settlers who stormed the compound from the Mughrabi Gate.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, forces detained a Palestinian young man after breaking into and ransacking his house in the Jabal al-Mawalih neighborhood. The detainee was identified as Yahya Jado, 29.

In the meantime in Jenin district, forces raided Qabatya city to the south of Jenin, where they broke into and ransacked two houses and interrogated the homeowners’ families. The home owners were identified as Barjas Hamamda and Mahmoud al-Shamsi.

They also conducted an extensive search operation in Ya‘bad town. No arrests were reported in the raids.

Meanwhile at the entrance of ‘Asira Ash-Shamaliya to the northwest of Nablus, Israeli soldiers detained a Palestinian young man, who was identified as ‘Adham Sawalma.

They also raided the outskirts of the town, where they detained another Palestinian after breaking into his house. The detainee was identified as Muhammad Jawabra.

In the Gaza Strip, soldiers stationed at Beit Hanoun border crossing detained a Palestinian while on his way back to his home in the strip.

According to WAFA correspondent, Muhammad Salah, 54, was detained while crossing the border on his way back to home after receiving medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.