WEST BANK, (PIC)– A number of Palestinian civilians were injured and others were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in an abduction sweep launched across the West Bank at dawn Wednesday. The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 allegedly wanted Palestinians at the crack of dawn, 11 among whom arrested on allegations of anti-occupation activism. The campaign targeted the West Bank provinces of Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. A Palestinian citizen choked on teargas in Qlaqilya during clashes with the IOF in al-Nakar neighborhood. According to a PIC news correspondent, heavily-armed IOF patrols rolled into the area at predawn time and attacked the Palestinians with heavy spates of teargas canisters and stun grenades, resulting in several suffocation cases. The IOF soldiers wreaked havoc on civilian homes before they kidnapped four Palestinians, including the lecturer at the Islamic University Bilal Hanun. Nablus-based sources also said the Palestinian youth Saleh Abu al-Anad sustained injuries in the Balata refugee camp after he was hit by an Israeli patrol jeep. Red Crescent crews who treated the casualty identified the inflicted stomach wounds as critical. The injured youth was later evacuated to the Rafidia hospital for urgent treatment. The IOF kidnapped another youth from the Askar refugee camp shortly after they stormed the area and ravaged civilian homes. Youngster Younes Kuni was also kidnapped from his family home in Kfar Kalil village, to the south Nablus. The campaign culminated in the abduction of four Palestinians from the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil. A 12-year-old Palestinian child sustained injuries in his face shortly after the IOF raided Yatta town and showered the area with rubber bullets. The occupation soldiers in 30 army jeeps further rolled into al-Hila neighborhood, in Yatta, and broke into the home of prisoner Khaled Muhammad Mussa Mukhamreh, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8. The IOF notified the projected demolition of the Mukhamreh family home on June 20. The IOF soldiers have been cordoning off Yatta town for over a week’s time as part of a policy of collective punishment against Palestinian anti-occupation youths and their families. Four more Palestinians were kidnapped by the IOF following assaults on Ramallah and Bethlehem provinces.
(Source / 15.06.2016)