Six taken, including 3 minors, in West Bank arrest sweep

12:00 Aug 15 2011 Al-Bustan and Ain al-Lawza neighborhoods, Silwan and Hebron

WEST BANK, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces have arrested Monday at least six Palestinians, among them three minors, in a number of heated arrest sweeps in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

On Monday morning, two men claimed to be wanted by the Israeli security were nabbed in random various military road blocks that were set up in Al-Khalil governorate.

Several patrols were deployed in Al-Zahiriyya, south of Al-Khalil, and canisters were hurled by Israeli soldiers during the sweep.

A Jewish settler’s car was reported to have received damages after being stoned when passing by the main street near Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Mount Hebron.

Locals said Israeli forces went on a state of alert in pursuit of stone-throwers after several cars were reported to have been hit in the area.

On Sunday, IOF troops raided and carried out a widespread search operation in Al-Baqi’a village in the Jordan Valley.

Locals said the measures targeted local farmers as the Israeli army uses the region to carry out drills.

In Jerusalem, undercover police officers arrested three minors in the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan.

The arrests came after IOF troops raided the neighborhood.

Clashes erupted after the incident. Soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas as local youths responded with rocks and empty bottles. The clashes quickly spread to nearby communities.

Another 18-year-old was also reported to have been arrested while on the way to his home in Silwan’s Ain al-Lawza neighborhood.
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