Israeli Forces Arrest 38 in Jerusalem, West Bank

CLASHES BETWEEN ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES AND PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS NEAR THE WEST BANK VILLAGE OF BITDUKU

JERUSALEM, August 5, 2014 (WAFA) – At least 38 Palestinians, including a disabled, were arrested on Tuesday by the Israeli Police and Military across the city of Jerusalem and the West Bank areas, while several others were handed summons to appear for interrogation, according to local and security sources.

In Jerusalem, Israeli sources said police arrested at least 27 Palestinians in the predawn hours, in the aftermath of mass rallies which broke out on Monday in protest of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, bringing the total number of Jerusalemite Palestinians arrested since the beginning of Israeli aggression on Gaza in the beginning of July to 457, according to an Israeli Police spokeswoman.

Meanwhile in Jenin, Israeli Army arrested four Palestinians between the ages of 20 and 25, including a disabled, in Jenin refugee camp, west of the city, after raiding and searching their homes and sabotaging their furniture.

25-year-old Mahmoud al-Hussein, a disabled from Jenin refugee camp, was arrested by the army in spite of his physical disability; al-Hussein was shot several times by Israeli soldiers in an earlier Israeli raid on the camp a few months ago which affected his spine, said his father, adding that his son is in need of intensive care from his family.

In the meantime, Israeli Police arrested a youngster, 21-year-old Qassam Gazzawi, from Jenin refugee camp while he was in Um al-Fahm, an Israeli Arab city. Gazzawi’s father said police cordoned off the house where his son was working, blew up its main door, raided it and arrested his son after beating him up with the butts of their rifles. Police then led him to an unknown destination.

However in Bethlehem, Israeli army forces stormed the village of Hosan, west of the city, and arrested two brothers ages 27 and 25, after raiding and searching their homes. Army also arrested an 18-year-old in Bethlehem City.

A youngster, 33, from the nearby Dehesheh refugee camp was also arrested at an Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, reported the youngster’s father.

Moreover, Israeli forces stormed al-Ezza and Aida refugee camps, where they handed summons to four Palestinians, 19, 24, 21 and 20, to appear for interrogation at a nearby army outpost.

Witnesses said the forces deployed across the streets in Aida camp amid tight security measures;  soldiers took over the rooftops of many homes and turned them into military outposts, as well as shot rubber-coated steel bullets as well as acoustic and tear gas canisters towards local residents, shooting and injuring many and causing several cases of suffocation. Army also arrested a youngster in the camp after raiding his home.

Meanwhile in Hebron, Israeli army stormed al-Fawwar refugee camp, to the south of the city, where they arrested a local resident after searching his house, reported local and security sources. Soldier also detained two children for hours before releasing them.

Army further stormed the nearby town of Dora, where they handed summons to a local resident to appear for interrogation.

Army also raided several homes in Hebron City and handed two Palestinians, including Fatah official in the city, Emad Kharwat, summons to appear for interrogation before Israeli intelligence.

Meanwhile, soldiers raided many other homes, in addition to a pharmacy, in the city and sabotaged their content, yet no further arrests were reported.

 

Source: WAFA