Israel Arrests 21 Palestinians, including 6 Minors, in West Bank, Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, December 4, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli forces arrested early Thursday 21 Palestinians, including six minors, from West Bank districts, including Jerusalem, said security sources and a human rights center.

Israeli police arrested nine Palestinians, including six minors, from East Jerusalem.

According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, police detained Mahmoud Abu Ghazaleh, 72, and his son, ‘Ali, 29, for several hours after breaking into their house in as-Suwani neighborhood in order to force his second son, Majdi, to hand himself in. Both Mahmoud and ‘Ali were released after Majdi turned himself in to police and was arrested.

Police also arrested minors Mu‘ath and Muhammad As-Salayma, Ashraf and Fares ‘Uwaisat, Saber ‘Ubaid, Muhammad Saleh, Majed Abu Nijma, ‘Omar Shwaiki and Ibrahim Abu Mayyala after raiding ath-Thawri neighborhood in the city.

Meanwhile in Bethlehem, forces raided Tuqu‘ town to the southeast of the city, where they arrested seven Palestinians; Akram, 18, Muhammad Habes, 18, Muhammad ‘Adel, 18, and ‘Abed al-‘Amur, 20, as well as Ahmad, 18, and Muhammad Abu Mifreh, 19, after breaking into and ransacking their families’ houses.

They also raided Beit Fajjar town to the south of the city, where they arrested Hasan Thawabta, 24, after breaking into and ransacking his house.

Meanwhile in Hebron district, forces raided Tarqumiya town to the northwest of the city, where they arrested Tamer and Rouhi Qabaja after breaking and wrecking havoc into their store.

They also set up roadblocks at the northern entrance of Halhul, the entrance of Idhna, and Zif-Yatta junction, where they stopped vehicles with Palestinian-registered plates and inspected passengers’ ID cards.

In the meantime in Jenin district, forces raided Jenin refugee camp amid firing acoustic bombs at the camp and arrested Fathi al-Sa‘di, 20, after breaking into and ransacking his family’s house.

Forces also arrested two Palestinian youths in the Ramallah town of Dura al-Qar’ after raiding their families’ homes in the early dawn hours, reported head of the town’s council Jabir Bajis. They were identified as Nasim Mokhtar and Hassan Yasin.