ISRAELI FORCES CARRY OUT MULTIPLE RAIDS ACROSS WEST BANK, DETAIN 11 PALESTINIANS

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 11 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, raiding multiple areas across the occupied Palestinian territory.

 
Locals said that Israeli forces raided the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem and detained Muhammad Jamal al-Azza in Bethlehem city and Wael Amjad al-Khatib in the neighboring town of Beit Jala, which was confirmed by the Israeli army.
 
An Israeli army spokesperson also told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained in the village of al-Rashayida south of Bethlehem.
 
In the town of Beit Sahour east of Bethlehem, Israeli forces raided a Palestinian home and interrogated the family, without detaining anyone.
 
Locals said that Israeli forces raided Beit Sahour at 3:15 a.m. and surrounded the three-floor building, where Issam Qumsiyeh, 57, his brother Sami, 60, and their two families live.
 
The Qumsiyeh family said they woke up to the sound of explosions and discovered Israeli forces blasting open the exterior door to the building.
 
Dozens of soldiers broke into the house, forcing both families into one room where they were thoroughly interrogated, while the building was being searched and ransacked.
 
Israeli forces also cut off the telephone and the internet during the half-hour raid.
 
Members of the family told Ma’an that “soldiers had a map (of the building) and knew detailed information about the family, as if the interrogation was only to confirmation what they already knew.”
 
Israeli forces also raided the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and detained Ali Ahmad Khattab in the town of Beit Sira, Hassan Ribhi Nafe from the town of Nilin, and 17-year-old Murad Suleiman Atta from Deir Abu Mashaal, according to local sources and confirmed by the Israeli army.
 
According to Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri, two Palestinian youths from the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus were also detained overnight at a military checkpoint near Tulkarem, claiming Israeli forces found an M-16 rifle in their position after searching their vehicle.
 
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Israeli forces also detained 23-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad al-Hroub the village of Ibziq in the northern Jordan Valley region of the occupied West Bank when a tractor and private vehicle were also confiscated.
 
Local sources also said that Israeli forces detained 15-year-old Bassam Shukri al-Qunbar from Jabal al-Mukabbir. Israeli forces had raided the occupied east Jerusalem neighborhood early Wednesday to seal a home with cement, as a punitive action taken against the family of slain Palestinian Fadi al-Qunbar.
 
Local sources mentioned that a Palestinian was also detained in the northern Israeli town of Sandala, who was identified as Sheikh Firas al-Omari, a member of the Freedoms and Prisoners Committee.
 
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, 53 of whom were women and 300 of whom minors. Some 420 Palestinians were detained throughout the month of February alone — including 70 minors and 22 women and girls.
 
(Source / 22.03.2017)

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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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