Israeli forces detain 19 across West Bank, Jerusalem

03:00 Mar 1 2016 Nablus, Bethlehem district, Anata, Qabatiya, Hebron district, Qalqiliya

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided areas across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank early Tuesday, confiscating equipment and detaining at least 19 Palestinians, Israeli and Palestinian security sources said.

Palestinian security sources in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus told Ma’an Israeli soldiers raided lathe workshops in the area, confiscating equipment. Two Palestinians from the Ayyad family who owns the workshops were detained during the raid, the sources said.

Israeli soldiers reportedly entered an archaeological tunnel under Zhafir al-Masri school in the Nablus, sources added.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said one Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Anabtawi, was detained in Nablus.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society added that four Palestinians, including at least one minor, were detained in the Bethlehem district. They were identified as Muath Saad al-Din Shubaki, Hashim Ahmad Shehadah, Shahin Shahin, 17, and Rami Ali Taqatqa, 20.

In the occupied East Jerusalem village of Anata, forces detained a young Palestinian man after he was shot and injured by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian security sources.

The Prisoner’s society said a man and his son, identified as Ahmad Hasan Hilweh and Abdullah Ahmad Hilweh, were detained in Anata.
Local sources told Ma’an that clashes had erupted overnight in the village between residents and Israeli forces who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, adding that the nature of the young man's injury was unknown.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Ashraf Rajih Zakarnah, 28, and Muhammad Abd al-Minim Zakarnah, 21 were detained from Qabatiya in the Jenin district.

Seven Palestinians were detained from the Hebron district, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society statement, identified as Muataz Muhammad al-Juba, 23, Qasim Hijazi Abu Sneina, 27, Kayid Muhammad al-Fasfous, Tariq Abu Farah, 20, Safwat Abu Farah, Mahmoud Ali al-Hudoush, 20, and Ahmad Sharif al-Heih, 22.

Other Palestinians detained during Tuesday’s raids were identified as Firas al-Shayib from Nablus, Muhammad Bilal Freij from Qalqiliya.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed 10 detentions to Ma’an, some of whom she said were suspected for “illegal activity,” while others were suspected “Hamas terror operatives.”

Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons and around 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lifes, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

Israel has come under heavy criticism in the past for its use of arbitrary detention among Palestinians living under military occupation, in contravention of international law.

by IMEMC & Agencies

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, a number of Palestinian districts, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into many homes and kidnapped eighteen Palestinians. Two Palestinians have been injured after Israeli extremists assaulted them.

Media sources in the northern West Bank district of Jenin said the soldiers invaded Qabatia town, south of Jenin city, and kidnapped two Palestinians, identified as Ashraf Rajeh Zakarna, 28, and Mohammad Abdul-Mon’em Zakarna, 21.

The soldiers violently searched their homes, causing excessive property damage, and interrogated their families, in addition to installing a roadblock on the southern entrance of the town, and searching olive orchards in the area while firing flares.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the Qabatia town, south of Jenin, searched homes and kidnapped one Palestinian, identified as Nasser Mohammad Freij, 21.

The army also invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, searched many homes, and a tailor shop belonging to members of Ayyad family, before confiscating several machines and furniture, and kidnapped two young men, identified as Mahmoud Anabtawi and Firas ash-Shayeb.

In related news, a number of extremist Israeli colonizers assaulted Ayman Ahmad Bin Shamsa, from Beita town, south of Nablus, causing several cuts and bruises.

They also attacked and wounded Mahmoud Suleiman Rezeq, from Askar refugee camp, causing several injuries.

The army also kidnapped four young Palestinian men in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, after stopping them on sudden military roadblocks.

Two of them, identified as Moath Shobaki, and Hashem Ahmad Shehada, were kidnapped on a military roadblock, west of Beit Jala city, while Shahin Mustafa Shahin, 17, and Rami Ali Taqatqa, 20, were kidnapped on a sudden roadblock installed near the western entrance of Beit Fajjar town.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers installed a military roadblock on the main road leading to the al-Markaz village, south of the city, and searched dozens of cars while examining the ID cards of the passengers.

The soldiers also kidnapped seven Palestinians, after violently breaking into their homes and searching them.

The kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Mo’taz Mohammad al-Jo’ba, 23, Qassem Hijazi Abu Sneina, 27, Ahmad Sharif al-Heeh, 22, Tareq Abu Fara, 20, Safwat Abu Fara, Mahmoud Ali al-Hdoush, 20, and Kayed Mohammad al-Fasfous, 23.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers invaded Anata town, east of the city, and kidnapped Ahmad Hasan Hilwa and his son Abdullah.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli navy fired several live rounds targeting Palestinian fishing boats, close to the shore, in different parts of the coastal enclave.

Ahmad Hasan Hilweh and Abdullah Ahmad Hilweh, detained 3/1/2016
Muath Saad al-Din Shubaki, Hashim Ahmad Shehadah, Shahin Shahin, 17, and Rami Ali Taqatqa, 20, detained 3/1/2016
Muhammad Anabtawi and Firas al-Shayib detained 3/1/2016
Ashraf Rajih Zakarnah, 28, and Muhammad Abd al-Minim Zakarnah, 21, detained 3/1/2016
Muataz Muhammad al-Juba, 23, Qasim Hijazi Abu Sneina, 27, Kayid Muhammad al-Fasfous, Tariq Abu Farah, 20, Safwat Abu Farah, Mahmoud Ali al-Hudoush, 20, and Ahmad Sharif al-Heih, 22, detained 3/1/2016
Muhammad Bilal Freij detained 3/1/2016
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