IOF arrests 12 Palestinians in the West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested 12 Palestinians in different locations in the West Bank within Israeli daily arrest campaigns against Palestinians. In Jenin Refugee camp, Israeli Special Forces in civil uniform abducted at dawn on Thursday two Palestinians amid deployment of Israeli military forces to cover up the abduction operation. Local sources told the PIC reporter that the kidnapped Palestinians were identified as the son of the Islamic Jihad Leader Sheikh Bassam al-Saadi, 22, and Abdurrahman al-Saadi, 29.  Israeli forces removed security cameras from Palestinians’ commercial shops in the area in order to erase the records of the abduction operation and tried to attack shops owners, the sources revealed.  Israeli troops Wednesday morning kidnapped a Palestinian activist from Qabatya town in Jenin as well. In al-Khalil, Israeli forces raided several locations in the city as well as its nearby towns and villages resulting in clashes after midnight between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers that lasted until dawn hours. The PIC reporter revealed that Israeli troops unleashed their gun fire intensively at suspicious objects with no injuries reported. The forces stormed two homes of martyr Arif Jaradat and prisoner Hayran Jaradat, who has been on hunger strike for 18 days, in Saeer town in al-Khalil.  The IOF soldiers demolished five Palestinian facilities and stockyards east of Yatta town in order to force its inhabitants to leave their homes for the interest of settlers.  Local sources pointed out that some of the arrested were ex-detainees in Israeli jails. The soldiers searched their homes during the arrest operations, sources added. Severe clashes broke out at dawn on Thursday between Palestinian young men and Israeli forces after storming Kefel Hares village to the north of Salfit. The IOF opened their guns and unleashed sound and tear gas grenades at Palestinians. They also damaged shops’ doors and arrested five youths before releasing them later.

(Source / 11.08.2016)

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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.

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