Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians across West Bank

03:00 Mar 26 2014 Burqa, Sabastia, al-Majdal Bani Fadil, Yaabad, Aida, Beitin, Iskaka, Hebron

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested 13 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight, Palestinian security sources and an Israeli army spokeswoman said Wednesday.

A number of Israeli military vehicles entered the village of Burqa west of Nablus after midnight, and soldiers proceeded to ransack several homes, Palestinian security sources said.

Israeli troops then interrogated several residents in the street before taking three of them into custody.

Three Palestinians under the age of 17 were arrested, identified as Salah Fatin Muhammad Salah, Ammar Khalid Seif, and Abd al-Qadir Salah. Three adults -- Ahmad Ayman Imein, Haris Hijja Islam, and Khairi Suleiman Seif -- were also arrested, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided the village of Sabastia west of Nablus and detained 30-year-old Majd Abd al-Karim Azim.

Also in the Nablus district, Israeli troops raided al-Majdal Bani Fadil and detained 35-year-old Nazeeh Suleiman Othman.

In Yaabad south of Jenin, locals said Israeli soldiers detained two 17-year-olds -- Muhammad Kamal Matani and Alaa Ahmad Abu Bakr.

Israel forces also arrested 27-year-old Muhammad al-Azraq in Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.

A military spokeswoman said that the army detained 13 Palestinians overnight -- three in Yaabad, one in Iskaka near Qalqiliya, two in Burqa, one in Sabastia, two in Beitin near Ramallah, one in Aida camp, and three Hebron.


by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Israeli forces abducted four people on Wednesday, including a Fatah official, from the districts of Jenin and Bethlehem, according to reports by media and security sources.

Forces stormed the town of Ya'bad, to the southwest of Jenin, from which they took three people aged between 18 and 19 years, after breaking into their homes and conducting violent searches, said a report by WAFA.

Meanwhile, a large number of Israeli troops stormed Aida camp, in Bethlehem, taking with them Fatah Secretary-General, Mohammad Al-Azraq, age 28, after breaking into and searching his house.

The Israeli police placed a teen under house arrest in Jerusalem, as a condition for releasing him on bail pending ‘the completion of legal proceedings’ against him, Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a press release.

The child had been taken into custody a month and a half ago, undergoing harsh interrogation techniques, on charges of throwing Molotov cocktails in the area.

Meanwhile, police stationed in Al-Qashleh interrogation center served a 35-year-old guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with an order prohibiting him from entering the mosque for ten days, pending an appearance before the chief of Jerusalem district Israeli police, on charges of assaulting an officer.

The guard stated that it was he who had been assaulted by police, and that he sustained wounds when Moshe Feiglin stormed the mosque.


by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday abducted eight Palestinians from the West Bank cities of Nablus, Hebron, Jenin and Bethlehem, according to reports by media and security sources.

Occupation forces raided the village of Burqa, north of Nablus, searching several houses and interrogating a number of Palestinians in the village, before taking into custody Islam Kayry Saif and Ahmad Ayman Hageh.

In Hebron, soldiers took both Mahran Mahmoud Amreesh, 18, and Waleed Najeeb Alzghyer, 21, after searching their houses and rummaging with the contents.

The sources added that the occupation broke into and searched the house of the liberated prisoner Hamdoun Abu-Snanyeh, according to the Palestinian News Network (PNN).

In a related context, Israeli forces set checkpoints on the main entrances of Sa'ir and Halhoul villages, and on the main entrances of al-Fawar refugee camp. The troops stopped the passengers' vehicles and checked their IDs.

In Jenin, soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians from the village of Yabud and raided several houses.

Security sources said that Ala'a Ahmad Hamzeh Abu-Baker, 18, Osayed Ibrahim Masoud Abu-Baker, 19, and Mohammad Kamal Mytany, 18, were taken after forces raided their parents' houses, the PNN further reported.

IOF also abcucted a Palestinian from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

According to local sources, troops stormed the camp, raided and searched the house of the al-Azraq family, and then abducted the 28-year-old Mohammad Qassem al-Azraq, Fatah's secretary-general in the camp.

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