Israeli Forces Detain Seven Palestinians, Shoot Two from West Bank Districts

HEBRON, August 13, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces overnight detained seven Palestinians and shot and injured two others during multiple raids into some West Bank districts, said security sources and an activist.

Five Palestinians were detained from Hebron district, one from East Jerusalem district and another from Bethlehem district.

Israeli forces raided Idhna, a town to the southwest of Hebron and Kharsa village of Dura to the west of the city, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

The detainees were identified as Isma‘il Tmeizi, 35, and Mushir al-Shahatit, 29.

Israeli sodliers also raided several neighborhoods across Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, where they detained three teens after breaking into and searching their houses.

Media coordinator of the town’s popular anti-wall and settlement committee Muhammad ‘Awad identified the detainees as ‘Ammar, 19, and Muhammad Sleibi, 18, and Mu‘ataz Abu Mariya, 17.

According to ‘Awad, Israeli troops used sniffer dogs during the detention raids. He added that troops assaulted the detainees, smashed the doors and furniture of their houses and seized a mobile phone and several SIM cards.

He reported on locals as announcing that an unidentified sum of money was seized during the detention raids.

‘Awad also said that troops fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas canisters toward locals’ houses during the detention raids. No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile in East Jerusalem district, forces raided early Thursday Qalandiya refugee camp, north of the city, where they detained a Palestinian after breaking into and searching his house.

The detainee was identified as Lafi Abu Latifa, whose brother, Muhammad, was recently shot dead by forces.

In the meantime in Bethlehem district, forces raided Ad-Duheisha refugee camp, southwest of the city, where they detained a Palestinian after breaking into and ransacking his house. The detainee was identified as Muhammad Sajdiyya.

Israeli soldiers also raided al-Basha Bakery area of the Ad-Doha, west of the city, sparking clashes with locals.

Forces fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades and live bullets, injuring two Palestinian locals in their thighs.  The two injured locals were admitted into a Beit Jala hospital for immediate medical treatment.