20 West Bank citizens kidnapped in overnight IOF campaigns


The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last night and at dawn Thursday kidnapped 20 Palestinians from different areas of the West Bank.

In al-Khalil, Israeli soldiers stormed at an early hour in the morning Beit Awa town in the west and kidnapped three young men from their homes.

The detainees were identified as Omar Masalmeh, Ghazi Farouk and Ali as-Suwaiti.

Another military force stormed last night ad-Dhahiriya town south of al-Khalil, raided homes and clashed with local young men near the house of martyr Sa’ad Qaisiya, who carried out a stabbing attack in the city.

In Jenin, several Palestinian citizens suffered from inhaling tear gas during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Zabuba town. Soldiers were also deployed near Rummanah town.

Israeli troops also rounded up young men at dawn raids on homes in Beita and Awarta town, southeast of Nablus province.

Local sources in Awarta town told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that five citizens were kidnapped from their homes and taken to Huwara military base before being released later.

Another IOF campaign was carried out in Beita town, where a school teacher called Mohamed Mu’alla was taken prisoner following a raid on his home.

The IOF also stormed Far’a refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, clashed with local residents and kidnapped a young man.

Locals from the camp reported hearing explosions believed to have resulted from throwing homemade bombs at soldiers.

According to a press release issued by the Israeli army, 20 Palestinians labeled as wanted were arrested during overnight campaigns in the West Bank.

The army said in its statement that its forces raided a Palestinian printing press in ad-Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, confiscated its equipment and shut it down, claiming it was used to print inflammatory materials.

During the IOF campaign in the camp, the soldiers clashed with local young men and intensively fired tear gas grenades at them and nearby homes.

Seven young men were arrested and two soldiers suffered injuries in Molotov cocktail attacks during the events.

A 12-year-old child called Hammam Radi was reportedly kidnapped from the camp. It is still unclear if he was among the seven young men arrested during the violent events.

In Occupied Jerusalem, violent skirmishes broke out last night between Israeli policemen and young men in Kafr Aqab town, with no reported arrests.

Israeli border soldiers also stormed Hizma town, east of Jerusalem, and kidnapped a young man from his home.

(Source / 02.03.2017)

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