UPDATE: Israel Arrests 9 Palestinians, Many Suffocate During clashes near Jenin

HEBRON, May 17, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Sunday arrested nine Palestinians from across the West Bank and Jerusalem, whereas several Palestinians suffocated by tear gas during confrontations with Israeli forces to the south of Jenin, according to local and security sources.

Israeli army stormed the city of Hebron and arrested two local residents after raiding and searching their homes, sabotaging their furniture. They were identified as Osama Hashlamon, 23, and Ashraf Abu Eisha.

Army also stormed the nearby town of Beit Ummar, and handed a summon notice to a local resident to appear for interrogation before the Israeli intelligence.

In the meantime, the army broke into the village of Silwad, east of Ramallah, and arrested 20-year-old Abdel-Qader Hammad after raiding his house.

The Israeli military also summoned two Palestinians during separate raids on the villages of Sanour, south of Jenin, and al-Abidiya near Bethlehem.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police stormed the Arab neighborhood of al-Issawiya and arrested two Palestinian residents, who were identified as Shadi Alian and ahmoud Saleh.

Police also raided and searched a number of homes in the area during the attack, however, no further arrests were made.

Meanwhile, three female worshipers were arrested bu Israeli police after attempting to fend off settlers’ attempts to tour the yards of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Police also arrested Mohammed Ibrahim from the village of Kabul, inside the 1948 land.

Later on Sunday, an Israeli army force set a checkpoint at the entrance of Shuhada village, south of Jenin, causing a traffic jam and provoking residents, which led to clashes.

Israeli forces fired teargas canisters and stun grenades towards residents, causing multiple cases of suffocation among them due to tear gas inhalation.