Israel Detains 13 Palestinians in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, January 11, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces overnight detained 13 Palestinians from the West Bank districts of Bethlehem, Hebron and Jenin, said security sources and a local activist.

Israeli forces raided Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, where they detained eight Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

The detainees are members of the Taqatqa and Thawabteh families. They were identified as Hamza, 17, Muhammad, 20, and ‘Aziz Taqatqa, 31, as well as Rami, 24, Nabil, 20, Eyad, 21, Naser, 24, and ‘Abdullah Thawabteh, 29.

Forces also detained a Palestinian after storming and searching his family’s house during a predawn raid into the Bethlehem village of Marah Rabah.

The detainee was identified as Ahmad al-sheikh, 18.

Meanwhile in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, forces detained two Palestinians during a predawn raid into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the city.

Forces detained Muhammad al-Khdoor and Muhammad al-‘Azza after storming and ransacking their families’ houses.

This came several hours after a Palestinian was detained from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar.

WAFA reported on Spokesperson for the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, Muhammad ‘Awad, as saying that ‘Ayesh Ikhlail, 20, was detained after he turned himself over to the Israeli detention and interrogation center of Gush Etzion.

Furthermore, force summoned a journalist from Hebron city; troops broke into the family house of Mus’ab al-Tamimi in the Hebron locality of Qizon and handed him a notice ordering him to turn himself over to intelligence on Wednesday.

In the meantime in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, forces conducted a large-scale house-to-house search raid into Siris village.

They also detained Tamer Abu Qash, 22, who comes from the Jenin town of Burqin, while he was heading to work inside Israel.