ARRESTS, INJURIES AS ISRAELI ARMY ROLLS INTO NABLUS, JENIN
A number of Palestinians were injured and others were arrested in assaults launched by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) across Nablus and Jenin provinces at daybreak Sunday.
The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of nine Palestinians at predawn time on account of their affiliations with Hamas and involvement in anti-occupation activities.
The campaign targeted Palestinians from Nablus, Ramallah, and Bethlehem provinces.
Two Hamas activists were also kidnapped by the IOF from the southern occupied West Bank province of al-Khalil.
Reporting from Nablus, a PIC news correspondent said seven Israeli army patrols rolled into the eastern area via the Hawara checkpoint at around 1 a.m. and cordoned off the Askar al-Jadeed Camp, al-Quds Street, al-Hasaba Street, and the popular quarter.
Clashes flared up shortly after the occupation troops stormed Jenin’s western town of Rumana, in the northern West Bank, and came down heavily on Palestinian youths.
According to local sources, an Israeli army patrol combed the area between Rumana and the adjacent Salem military camp before they broke into the town and chased down Palestinian anti-occupation protesters.
The IOF attacked the Palestinians with heavy spates of teargas canisters, resulting in several suffocation cases, including among children and women.
The Palestinian youths responded by hurling stones at the heavily-armed occupation patrols.
A military checkpoint was also pitched by the IOF on the main access road to the town, where Palestinian vehicles and civilians have been subjected to intensive inspection.
The assault culminated in the abduction of two Palestinian youngsters near the separation fence in Rumana village. Both arrestees were dragged by the IOF to the Salem military camp.
Another round of clashes rocked Jenin’s western town of Zabouba, where the IOF targeted the Palestinian protesters with randomly-unleashed barrages of teargas canisters.
(Source / 05.02.2017)