West Bank town targetted in detention raids

18:00 Jun 10 2015 Beit Ummar and Container checkpoint

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained four Palestinians from the town of Beit Ummar northwest of Hebron Wednesday night.

Israeli forces stormed the town and ransacked several homes before detaining Salah Ibrahim Zaaqiq, 38, Muhammad Salih Zaaqiq 20, said Muhammad Ayyad Awad of the Beit Ummar committee against Israeli settlements.

Forces detained two others sepsrately, stopping the Beit Ummar residents in their private cars and taking them into custody, Awad added.

The detainees were identified as Ahmad Yasser Zaqiq, 24, and chairman of the Beit Ummar Sports club Hussein Ikhlayyil, 35.

Ikhlayyil was stopped by Israeli forces stationed at the Container checkpoint east of Bethlehem and taken to an unknown destination.

An Israeli army spokeswoman had reports of two detained in Beit Ummar. She told Ma'an both were taken for suspected involvement in "terrorism and violent riots."

Awad also reported that Israeli forces ransacked homes of residents Jamal Khalil al-Allami, Abd al-Aziz Mahmoud Abu Ayyash and Arafat Issa Zaaqiq. The forces reportedly locked all family members in one room as they inspected the houses and took photos of its interior.

Beit Ummar residents are witness to recurrent targetting by Israeli forces, with over 60 Palestinians detained from the town from January to March 2015, nearly half of whom were minors.

Resident Ziyad Awad, 27, was killed by Israeli forces and thirteen others injured when soldiers opened fire on Beit Ummar residents mourning at the funeral of Jaafar Awad, 22, who had died from health complications that deteriorated while being held in Israeli prison.

Salah Ibrahim Zaaqiq, 38, Muhammad Salih Zaaqiq 20, detained 6/10/2015
Hussein Ikhlayyil detained 6/10/2015
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