Army raids Hebron and Betunia, detains two

06:00 Jun 30 2014 Betunia and Bab az-Zaweya area in Hebron

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

On Monday at dawn, dozens of Israeli military vehicles continued the extensive military operations, and home invasions, into the southern West Bank district of Hebron, broke into and violently searched dozens of homes, kidnapping one Palestinian. Another Palestinian was kidnapped near Ramallah.

Local sources in Hebron have reported that dozens of soldiers invaded the home of Marwan al-Qawasma, allegedly behind the disappearance of the three missing Israeli settlers, and searched it for more than two hours, causing excessive property damage and confiscating the family’s car.

The soldiers also invaded and searched dozens of homes in different parts of Hebron city, causing property damage and interrogating several families.

At least 40 military vehicles invaded Ein Sarah neighborhood, in Hebron, surrounded the al-Hussein Ben Ali Mosque, broke into a local print shop and several homes, and violently searched them.

The soldiers also kidnapped a young Palestinian man from his home in the Habayel Riyah area, in Hebron, and ransacked his property.

Another invasion took place in Bab az-Zaweya area, in Hebron, where the soldiers invaded several homes belonging to members of the al-Qawasma family, and searched them.

In the nearby town of Halhoul, soldiers search a number of areas, especially west of the town, and fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition.

The army also invaded Doura town, installed a roadblock on the main road between Doura and a number of villages, searching dozens of cars while investigating the ID cards of the passengers.

Soldiers also invaded the town, and fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades, some of them directly hitting homes, causing several Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Furthermore, at least three military vehicles invaded Deir Samet village and conducted military searches of homes and property.

In related news, soldiers invaded Betunia, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped one Palestinian identified as Anas Qert, after searching his home.

Soldiers also invaded several homes in the area, and installed roadblocks. Local youth hurled stones at the invading soldiers who fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets.

During the government weekly meeting, Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel is ready and willing to expand its operations against the Hamas movement, adding that the shelling of different areas in Gaza is just part of limited operations that could be expanded at any given moment, if needed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel should “reoccupy Gaza”, and crush Hamas, and other armed groups in Gaza.

Anas Qert detained on June 30, 2014
One detained in Habayel Riyah are of Hebron
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