Israeli Army Detains Eight Palestinians in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, December 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli armed forces Thursday detained eight Palestinians from across the West Bank districts, as well as summoned five others for interrogation, according to official and security sources.

In Bethlehem, Forces detained three locals from Aida Refugee Camp and the village of Nahalin. Ahmad Odeh, 25, was detained from Aida camp, whereas Ahamd Shakarneh, 26, and Nour Shakarneh, 21, were detained while they were present in Jerusalem for lacking an entry permit.

Forces further raided and searched a number of homes in the village of Nahalin, where they handed five locals notices ordering them to appear before the Israeli intelligence for interrogation at the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The five were identified as Ali Shakarneh, 24, Ahmad S. Najajreh, 23, Nassar Nassar, 21, Ahmad W. Najajreh, 24, and Nour-Adin Shakarneh, 21.

In Jenin’s town of Jaba’, soldiers detained a local identified as Anees A’lawneh, 27, after raiding and searching his family’s home.

In Nablus, forces detained two locals from the village of Madama to the south, after raiding and searching their homes. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) identified them as Mohammed Qat, and Ahmad Nassar.

In Hebron, the army detained two locals during a raid and search campaign conducted across the city and the nearby village of al-Shoukh. They were identified as Mohammed al-Ajloni, 18, and Hamdan Owedat, a university student enrolled in al-Quds Open University. They were both taken to an unknown destination.

Forces further raided several areas in Hebron’s town of Beit Ummar, where they raided and wreaked havoc into several homes.

Coordinator of the anti settlement and wall committee in northern Hebron, Mohammed Awad, said that forces reportedly took locals’ ID and phone numbers, and counted the houses’ rooms.

Forces also raided the home of local Ahmad Abu Hashem and handed him a notice ordering him to appear for interrogation.

Soldiers reportedly placed a dagger inside Abu Hashem’s home and proceeded to photograph it, which spurred a heated argument with the house owner, who accused the soldiers of planting it inside his home. Forces withdrew from the area after more than three hours.

Meanwhile, head of the Prisoners Committee, Issa Qaraqe, said that at least 6830 Palestinians were detained by Israel since the beginning of 2015, half of whom are minors. He said that around 2200 miners were detained in 2015; 72% higher than the number documented during the year 2014.