Civilians kidnapped, homes ravaged as IOF launches predawn sweep

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at predawn time on Sunday kidnapped a number of Palestinian youths and summoned others to questioning during an assault on the occupied West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem.  Reporting from al-Khalil, a PIC journalist said the IOF kidnapped 60-year-old civilian Mas’oud al-Khateeb and his son Muhammad after they stormed Tel Rumeida area and ravaged the family home. A series of military checkpoints was pitched by the IOF across Beit Awa town at the same time as army patrols were deployed near the Fawar refugee camp, where Palestinian passengers and vehicles have been subjected to provocative inspection. The IOF assaulted the Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem, and summoned the ex-prisoner Shadi Abu Akr for interrogation. Two more youngsters, from Silwad town, were summoned to questioning in the process. The occupation troops also wreaked havoc on civilian homes in Nablus’ villages of Deir al-Hatab and Burin and subjected Palestinian locals to exhaustive interrogation. Earlier, on Saturday evening, the IOF arrested four Palestinian youths at the Zaatara checkpoint, in southern Nablus, on allegation of carrying knives. The four arrestees were released at dawn on Sunday following exhaustive interrogation.  Popular singer Kasem al-Najar and youngster Ma’moun al-Najar were also released by the IOF after they were detained for long hours at the Burin crossroads, in Nablus. An Israeli army unit further stormed Ras al-Amoud area, in Occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped the Palestinian youngster Muhammad Isma’il Al-Abassi.

(Source / 31.07.2016)

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