Israeli forces detain police officer, minor, 5 others on Thursday

06:00 Jul 9 2015 Kafr 'Aqab, Tulkarem, a flying checkpoint near Shavei Shomron settlement, Silwad, Aida, Abu Dis, Bethlehem, Arraba

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Eight Palestinians were arrested on Thursday in separate incidents across the West Bank and Jerusalem, including one Palestinian Authority (PA) police officer an a unidentified minor from Jerusalem, an Israeli spokeswoman told Ma'an.

The minor was detained after clashes erupted in the Palestinian village of Kafr Aqab in north Jerusalem where Israeli forces raided several homes in the village on Thursday, according to a Ma'an correspondent in the area.

The minor was taken to an unidentified location.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests concerning the identity of the detained minor or the reason for the home raids.

The police officer who was also detained by Israeli forces on Thursday has been identified as First Lieutenant Muhammad Muwaffaq Damir.

Damir was detained after his home was raided in the Tulkarem refugee camp, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.

Separately, Ahmad Abu Omar, 26, was detained at a temporary checkpoint set up at the crossroads of the Israeli settlement Shavi Shamron.

The other five detained were from Silwad, Aida refugee camp, Abu Dis and two from Bethlehem.

There are currently 5,750 Palestinians held in Israeli jails, and 401 Palestinians held without charge under administrative detention, according to Prisoners' rights group Addameer.


by IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, one Palestinian in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, two in Bethlehem, one in Jenin, and one in Jerusalem. Another Palestinian was kidnapped near Hebron, late on Wednesday.

Media sources in Nablus said the soldiers kidnapped Hamad Abu Omar, 26 years of age, after stopping him at the Shavei Shomron Roadblock, northwest of Nablus. Omar is from Borqa town, northwest of Nablus.

In addition, soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian, identified as Mo’tasem Nabil Shweiki, 22, after invading his home in the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city.

A third Palestinian, identified as Omar Amer Odah, 23, was also kidnapped after the soldiers stormed his home, in ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem city.

In addition, soldiers stationed at a military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, kidnapped a university student from Jalboun village, east of Jenin.

The Palestinian, Ayham Mahmoud Abu ar-Rob, 23, a college student studying to become a teacher, was stopped on a sudden roadblock near ‘Arraba town.

Furthermore, soldiers invaded Kafr ‘Aqeb neighborhood, isolated behind the Annexation Wall, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, kidnapped at least one Palestinian and searched several homes.

Soldiers also installed roadblocks and searched cars while inspecting the ID cards of the passengers.

Clashes took place between the invading soldiers and dozens of local youths.

On Wednesday evening, soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian, identified as Rashid Walid Ekhlayyel, 20, from Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers cuffed Ekhlayyel, held him in their military tower on the main entrance of the town, and took him to an unknown destination.

One Palestinian reported detained 7/9/2015
First Lieutenant Muhammad Muwaffaq Damir detained 7/9/2015
Ahmad Abu Omar, 26, detained 7/9/2015
Palestinian reported detained 7/9/2015
Omar Amer Odah, 23, detained 7/9/2015
Mo’tasem Nabil Shweiki, 22, detained 7/9/2015
Ayham Mahmoud Abu ar-Rob, 23, detained 7/9/2015
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