Update: Israeli Forces Detain 16 Palestinians from West Bank Districts

NABLUS, September 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Wednesday detained 16 Palestinians, including two teenagers, from across the West Bank, said Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) and security sources.

Israeli forces raided the Salem village to the east of Nablus, where they detained eight shepherds, who are members of the same family. Head of Salem Local Council ‘Adli Ishtayeh identified the detainees as Sharif, Yousef, Najeh, Handalah, ‘Arafat, Shu‘aib, Farid and Raddad Ishtayeh.

Forces also physically assaulted a 75-year-old local after breaking into her house. Hafidha Ishtayeh sustained bruises as a result of the assault and was admitted into a Nablus hospital for medical treatment.

Meanwhile in Ramallah district, Israeli forces raided Silwad town to the northeast of the city, where they detained three local Palestinians.

PPC identified the detainees as Kayed Hammad, the father of prisoners Tha’er and ‘Abdul-Qader, sentenced to 11 life sentences and 11 years in Israeli jails, respectively. Forces also detained Zeyad Abdul-Jalil and Mousa al-Najjar.

Meanwhile in Jenin district, forces raided Silat al-Harithiya and Kafr Dan, two villages to the northwest of the city, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

They were identified as Mohammad ‘Abed, 21, and ‘Izziddin Zyuod, 20.

In the meantime, two Palestinian teenagers were detained from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar and refugee camp of al-‘Arrub. Forces stormed Beit Ummar and al-‘Arrub to the north of the city, where they detained Bashir Abu ‘Ayyash, 18, and Mahmoud al-‘Adarba, 17, after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

Forces physically assaulted al-Adarba’s brother, Ahmad, and his sister, Du‘a, during his arrest.

Forces also raided the student dormitory of the Palestine Polytechnic University in the city. None was reportedly detained.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli police detained a Palestinian young man from a gate leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Locals identified the detainee as Khader al-‘Ajloni.

This came as Israeli police barred Palestinian women from entering the Mosque compound for the ninth consecutive day. All Palestinian women attempting to enter Al-Aqsa from all age groups have been denied entry into the holy site.

Muslim women who pray at the Mosque are denied access into the holy site five days a week, except on Fridays and Saturdays, from early morning to noon hours purportedly to prevent confrontations with Israeli Jewish settlers who force their way into the holy site.


Protesting the decision to deny them entry, female protestors ‘Murabitat’ gathered at al-Silsila Gate, to denounce the discrimination especially as Jewish settlers are allowed to freely enter the Mosque and perform prayers.


Groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into the Mosque compound via al-Maghariba Gate escorted by heavily-guarded troops.


Furthermore, forces sealed the southern entrance of al-Khader town with metal gates, known as An-Nashash, preventing Palestinian registered vehicles and people from crossing the entrance and causing traffic jamming. The entrance was shut down purportedly for discovering a suspicious object.