13 kidnapped, 7 injured in IOF assaults on West Bank

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Seven Palestinians were injured and 13 others were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday following abrupt assaults on West Bank provinces. The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of 13 Palestinians, including a Hamas activist, on allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activities. Several Palestinians were also subjected to heavy beating in the presence of their families and children. 24-year-old Sameh al-Na’ji was kidnapped by the occupation troops from Nablus after they rolled into the city and wreaked havoc on his family home. Earlier, at predawn time, the IOF kidnapped the Palestinian worker Zakaria al-Ghoul, 27, from the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin and aggressively beat three other workers at the Shafi Shamron military checkpoint. The IOF also re-arrested the leader at the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Nidhal Abu Akr in the Duheisheh refugee camp, in Bethlehem. Activist Abu Akr had spent 16 years in Israeli prisons. His jailed son, Muhammad, has been on open-ended hunger strike in solidarity with hunger-striker Bilal Kayed, starving for nearly two months in protest at his administrative detention. Meanwhile, seven Palestinian youngsters were hit and injured with Israeli bullet fire shortly after the occupation troops rolled into the Duheisheh refugee camp. Violent clashes flared up at the camp, where the IOF attacked the Palestinian protesters with randomly-shot spates of live bullets. Seven protesters were rushed to the Arab Society Hospital for urgent treatment.  The IOF soldiers further stormed the nearby Doha town and ravaged the home of prisoner Raed Ayesh, before they violently attacked his brother and seized laptops. Earlier, on Monday evening, the IOF kidnapped 50-year-old Khaled al-Fekih, the husband of prisoner Taghreed al-Fekih and the father of prisoner Muadh al-Fekih, at a military checkpoint in Bethlehem. The Israeli army patrols also stormed the Aida refugee camp and Jabal al-Malih area and summoned a number of civilians to questioning. The assault culminated in the abduction of the Palestinian youths Udai Khaled Taqatqa and Amjad Abu Rasheed from Beit Fajjar town, to the south. At the same time, the IOF rummaged into the family home of the slain Palestinian youth Abdul Hameed Abu Surur in Beit Jala, to the west, and subjected native residents to exhaustive questioning.

(Source / 09.08.2016)

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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