Israeli forces detain 15 across West Bank, East Jerusalem

03:00 Jun 1 2015 Jenin, flying checkpoint near Ramallah, Silwad, Ein al-Sultan, Silwan, Jerusalem's Old City, Surif, Hebron

JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians in raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight Monday.

While local sources said 10 Palestinians had been detained in the West Bank and five in East Jerusalem, an Israeli army spokeswoman said 15 had been detained in the West Bank alone.

Palestinian security sources said a man and his son were detained from Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank after Israeli forces stormed the camp overnight.

The detainees were identified as 50-year-old Khalid Abu Zeina and his 16-year-old son Riyad.

Clashes broke out during the raid between locals and Israeli troops who "haphazardly" fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades, security sources said.

At a flying checkpoint near Ramallah, Israeli troops detained Hikmat Mahmoud Auda, 25, and Jasim Mahmoud Auda, 22, both from the northern West Bank village of Sayda in Tulkarem.

Israeli soldiers also detained 19-year-old Baraa Ibrahim Hamid from his family house in the central West Bank village of Silwad.

Three young Palestinian men were reportedly apprehended from Ein al-Sultan refugee camp in Jericho. The Palestinian Prisoner's Society identified them as Yazan Farid Abu Lawi, Jihad Mahmoud Manasra and Samir Muhammad Rafiq Ibrahim.

Israeli forces also arrested 17-year-old Mohammad Salem Faleh Al-Razem and Walid Ahmad Abu Turki, 22, from Hebron.

An Israeli army spokeswoman reported different details, saying that there had been two arrests in Jenin, one in Silwad, two in al-Eizariya, one in Surif, three in Sultan and six in Hebron.

She said that the Palestinians had either been arrested for affiliation to Hamas or for "disturbing the order."

Five arrests were also reported in East Jerusalem, according to human rights group Addameer.

The group's lawyer Muhammad Mahmoud identified the detainees as Basil Shweiki, 20, Nasim Shweiki, 27, Murad Sheiki, 20, and Hashim Abu Khalid from Silwan neighborhood, and Walid Firawi from his home in the Old City.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem, often on the pretext of perceived security threats, and Addameer estimates that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been arrested at some point.

More than 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli jails.

by IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Monday at dawn, nine Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and handed a family near Jenin an order to demolish their artesian well. One Palestinian was kidnapped on Sunday evening.

Media sources in Bethlehem said several army vehicles invaded Husan town, west of the city, broke into and violently searched several homes and kidnapped three Palestinians.

The kidnapped residents has been identified as Mohammad Jamal Zaghoul, Mohammad Ali Hamamra and Mohammad Ahmad Shousha.

Soldiers also invaded the Balata refugee camp, in the northern West bank city of Nablus, and kidnapped Mohammad Salah Hejazi, 31, after searching his home.

One Palestinian, identified as Sameh Othman Ramadan, from Tal village near Nablus, was kidnapped on Sunday evening on a military roadblock near the village.

In addition, soldiers invaded the Dahia area, in Nablus city, and kidnapped a Palestinian journalist, identified as Ahmad al-Beetawi, 33, after storming his home and searching it.

Also on Monday at dawn, soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jaba’ nearby town, and kidnapped two Palestinians.

Resident Ghassan al-Atrash, 40 years of age, was kidnapped from his home in the Eastern Neighborhood in Jenin.

The soldiers also invaded and searched the homes of his brothers ‘Ala, Husam and Adnan, in addition to their father’s home.

The soldiers also invaded Ta’nak village, west of Jenin, and handed resident Suleiman Suleiman a military warrant, ordering him to demolish his artesian well, under the pretext of lacking the needed permits.

In Jaba’ town, south of Jenin, soldiers invaded several homes, violently searched them, and kidnapped Amin Emad Kan’aan, 20 years of age.

The soldiers also clashed with local youths, and fired scores of gas bombs and rounds of live ammunition, causing many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Two more Palestinians were kidnapped from their homes in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, after the soldiers searched their homes and many other homes in the town.

The two have been identified as Khalil Odeh and Amer al-Abbassi; they were moved to an interrogation facility in the city.

On Monday morning, soldiers installed a roadblock on the main entrance of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and detained several Palestinians while investigating their ID cards and interrogating them.

19-year-old Baraa Ibrahim Hamid detained 6/1/2015
Walid Firawi detained 6/1/2015
Basil Shweiki, 20, Nasim Shweiki, 27, Murad Sheiki, 20, and Hashim Abu Khalid detained 6/1/2015
50-year-old Khalid Abu Zeina and his 16-year-old son Riyad detained 6/1/2015
Hikmat Mahmoud Auda, 25, and Jasim Mahmoud Auda, 22, detained at flying checkpoint near Ramallah 6/1/2015
Yazan Farid Abu Lawi, Jihad Mahmoud Manasra and Samir Muhammad Rafiq Ibrahim detained 6/1/2015
Mohammad Salem Faleh Al-Razem and Walid Ahmad Abu Turki detained 6/1/2015
One Palestinian reported by IDF as detained, 6/1/2015
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