(UPDATE): Israel Arrests Eight Palestinians in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, April 19, 2015 (WAFA) – At least eight Palestinians were arrested on Sunday by the Israeli army and police, most of them during predawn raids in the West Bank districts of Bethlehem, Ramallah and Hebron, according to local and security sources.

In Bethlehem, the Israeli army stormed the village of Hosan, west of the city, and arrested two local residents after raiding and searching their homes. The two were identified as Haitham Hamamreh, 20, and Ahmad Zaoul, 18.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers at al-Container checkpoint, north of Bethlehem, arrested three Palestinians from Hebron while attempting to pass through the checkpoint. Two of them were identified as Samer Mujahed and Ata al-Mahdi.

Army forces also stormed the house of a released prisoner in Bethlehem and searched it, but no arrests were made during the raid.

Soldiers, meanwhile, broke into the nearby village of Wadi Fukin, where they summoned a local resident to appear for interrogation at the nearby Gush Etzion military compound.

The Israeli army also broke into the town of Beit Awwa, west of Hebron, and arrested 15-year-old Mohammad Amarin after raiding his house. Israeli soldiers handed notices to other local residents of nearby Beit Ummar to appear for interrogation.

In the meantime, Israeli police stormed the town of Kafr Aqab, north of Jerusalem, provoking confrontations with local residents, during which police arrested a local resident after physically assaulting him, witnesses told WAFA.

The Israeli police also stormed the neighborhood of al-Issawiya in Jerusalem and raided several homes in search of a local resident, who was unidentified by our reporter.

Hours later, the Israeli authorities at King Hussein Terminal (Allenby Border Crossing) at the West Bank-Jordan border arrested 23-year-old Moath Abu Maria from Hebron while he was on his way home from Yemen.