IOF kidnaps two Palestinians, summons others in W. Bank campaigns

2 Pal's arrested Shin Bet

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Friday stormed different West Bank areas, kidnapped two Palestinian citizens from their homes and handed others summonses for interrogation from the Shin Bet.

According to local sources, the IOF launched campaigns in al-Khalil city, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem, al-Jalazoun refugee camp in al-Bireh city, and the towns of Silwad and al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya, east of Ramallah

Two Palestinian citizens, one of them elderly, were taken prisoners during IOF campaigns in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, and Azzun town near Qalqilya. The elderly man was identified as 60-year-old Rashid Radwan.

Other citizens were also handed summonses for interrogation from the Shin Bet during IOF raids on homes in al-Khalil city.

Local sources also reported that skirmishes took place between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers in the alleys of al-Jalazoun refugee camp and a nearby road.

Similar clashes with soldiers also happened in Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya town, while an Israeli military force patrolled the streets of the nearby town of Silwad, with no reported arrests.

(Source / 20.10.2017)

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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.

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