Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus

03:00 Jan 28 2014 al-Eizariya, Abu Dis, Askar, Beita, Urif, al-Tur, Qabatiya, Beit Lid, Deir Abu Mishal, Bethlehem

ERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces launched multiple raids across the West Bank early Tuesday morning, detaining at least 22 young Palestinian men.

Spokesman for the youth movement in East Jerusalem Hani Halabiyya told Ma'an that Israeli troops stormed al-Eizariya and Abu Dis villages shortly after midnight and detained 15 young men after ransacking their homes.

Halabiyya highlighted that fierce clashes broke out between the Israeli troops and young men from the villages during the raid. The soldiers fired tear gas haphazardly at Palestinian houses, he said.

More than 35 military vehicles, a bulldozer and four military buses were seen in the two villages, added Halabiyya.

He identified the detainees as Muhammad Mujahid Abu Rumi, Ahmad Muhammad Jamous, Muhammad Hasan Bassah, Karim Shujaiyya, Muhammad Basim Abu al-Reesh, Abdul-Salam Yousuf Sinnawi, Samir Sanduqa, Amjad al-Khateeb, Musab Salah, Ziad Khalil al-Sabe, his brother Tariq, Muhammad Ali Faroun, Muntasir Gheith, his brother Hani, and Muhammad Iyad Udwan.

Israeli troops also ransacked the homes of Jamal Bassah and Ammar Bassah in al-Eizariya, firing tear gas inside the houses during the raids and damaging the interiors of their homes.

The invading soldiers put up posters in the two villages urging parents to watch out for their children, who the posters claimed are "involved in terrorist activities."

The posters included photos of parents who Israeli forces claim are the parents of those involved in attacks against Israel.

"We hereby notify you that your children are involved in terrorist attacks against citizens of the state of Israel. Practices by those young men endanger innocent citizens, and if they do not stop what they do, the IDF will have to take action to stop these practices," the posters read.

The leaflets added, "If you don't stop them, tough restrictions will be imposed and will negatively affect your lives. Residents of Abu Dis! If you want to avoid having your photos on a post like this, stop the terrorist attacks your kids are practicing. … Stop them before it's too late. He who warns is excused!"

Overnight raids by Israeli troops were also reported in Nablus in the northern West Bank. Locals told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers stormed Askar refugee camp east of Nablus and detained 24-year-old Nasooh Abu Saadah.

Separately, an Israeli force raided the village of Beita south of Nablus and detained 19-year-old Baraa Bilal Hamayil, 22-year-old Ghassan Marwan Hamayil.

Moreover, 22-year-old Abdul-Hafeeth Shehadah was detained from his house in Urif village near Nablus.

Israeli forces also stormed al-Tur village in East Jerusalem and detained three teenagers.

A Ma'an reporter identified them as 18-year-old Bahaa Addin Abu al-Hawa, 18-year-old Tariq Abu al-Hawa and 18-year-old Walid Abu al-Hawa.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the raids in Urif, Nablus, and Beita, but had no information on the other raids.

She did, however, add that 10 Palestinians were detained in other overnight raids across the West Bank.

She confirmed two detentions in Qabatiya near Jenin, four in Beit Lid near Nablus, two in Deir Abu Mishal near Ramallah, one in Harmala near Bethlehem, and one in Bethlehem itself.

The raids follow the detention of 15 Palestinians across the West Bank in overnight raids on Monday.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.


Soldiers Kidnap At Least 30 Palestinians In West Bank, Jerusalem

by IMEMC & Agencies

Tuesday, January 28, 2014] Palestinian sources have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped at least 30 Palestinians.

The army has alleged that the kidnapped Palestinians are “wanted”, and were moved to different interrogation centers.

Dozens of soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank, and kidnapped two Palestinians in Zeita town, and two in Qabatia.

The soldiers also invaded the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, kidnapping two Palestinians.

Furthermore, the army invaded the Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus, also in the northern part of the West Bank, broke into and searched several homes in the eastern and western parts of the Nablus district.

Local sources said dozens of soldiers invaded Beita town, the Al-Jeser (Bridge) area, and the Martyrs Memorial area, in the heart of the town, fired flares and rounds of live ammunition before kidnapping two Palestinians identified as Imad Hamayel and Bara’ Hamayel.

Several military jeeps also invaded the Orif nearby town, and kidnapped a young man, identified as Abdul-Hafith Shihada, after violently breaking into his home and searching it.

Soldiers also invaded the Deir Abu Mashal town, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped two Palestinians.

Local sources in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheisha refugee camp, south of the city, and kidnapped one Palestinian identified as Basel Yousef Melhem, 20, after the soldiers searched and ransacked his home.

In addition, dozens of soldiers invaded the al-‘Ezariyya and Abu Dis towns, near occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped fifteen Palestinians, including six children; the army said that kidnapped Palestinian are believed to be involved in throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles.

The Israeli Radio quoted a military official stating the kidnapped Palestinian were moved to interrogation facilities, and that they are also believed to be behind digging a hole in a section of the Annexation Wall in the area.

Hani Halabiyya, spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA), that dozens of vehicles, including a number of army buses, invaded the area before the soldiers violently searched homes and property, kidnapping the fifteen young Palestinians.

The kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Jamous, Mohammad Mojahed Abu Roomy, Mohammad Hasan Shatara, Karim Shujaeyya, Mohammad Basem Abu ar-Reesh, Abdul-Salam Sinnawy, Samer Sandouqa, Mohammad Eyad Adwan, Amjad Mohammad Khatib, Mos’ab Salah Bassa, Ziad Khalil as-Sabe’, his brother Tareq, and Mos’ab Gheith and his brother Hani.

Halabiyya added that the soldiers carried lists containing pictures of young Palestinians from al-‘Ezariyya and Abu Dis, believed to be active in popular resistance against the Wall and settlements.

Also in Jerusalem, soldiers kidnapped two Palestinians, after stopping them at the Zayyim roadblock, east of the city, and took them to an unknown destination, after violently beating them.

The two, Ashraf Azzam Za’aqeeq, 26, and Mohammad Hussein Za’aqeeq, 22, both from Hebron, were kidnapped by the soldiers as they were heading back home from work.

Soldiers invade Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, kidnapping Palestinians, and on a daily basis, as part of ongoing violations and assaults against the Palestinians, their lands and property.

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