12-year-old Palestinian among several injured in IOF sweep

WEST BANK, (PIC)– A number of Palestinian civilians were injured and others were arrested by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in an abduction sweep launched across the West Bank at dawn Wednesday. The Israeli occupation army claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 allegedly wanted Palestinians at the crack of dawn, 11 among whom arrested on allegations of anti-occupation activism. The campaign targeted the West Bank provinces of Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah, and Bethlehem. A Palestinian citizen choked on teargas in Qlaqilya during clashes with the IOF in al-Nakar neighborhood. According to a PIC news correspondent, heavily-armed IOF patrols rolled into the area at predawn time and attacked the Palestinians with heavy spates of teargas canisters and stun grenades, resulting in several suffocation cases. The IOF soldiers wreaked havoc on civilian homes before they kidnapped four Palestinians, including the lecturer at the Islamic University Bilal Hanun.  Nablus-based sources also said the Palestinian youth Saleh Abu al-Anad sustained injuries in the Balata refugee camp after he was hit by an Israeli patrol jeep. Red Crescent crews who treated the casualty identified the inflicted stomach wounds as critical. The injured youth was later evacuated to the Rafidia hospital for urgent treatment. The IOF kidnapped another youth from the Askar refugee camp shortly after they stormed the area and ravaged civilian homes. Youngster Younes Kuni was also kidnapped from his family home in Kfar Kalil village, to the south Nablus. The campaign culminated in the abduction of four Palestinians from the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil. A 12-year-old Palestinian child sustained injuries in his face shortly after the IOF raided Yatta town and showered the area with rubber bullets. The occupation soldiers in 30 army jeeps further rolled into al-Hila neighborhood, in Yatta, and broke into the home of prisoner Khaled Muhammad Mussa Mukhamreh, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8. The IOF notified the projected demolition of the Mukhamreh family home on June 20. The IOF soldiers have been cordoning off Yatta town for over a week’s time as part of a policy of collective punishment against Palestinian anti-occupation youths and their families. Four more Palestinians were kidnapped by the IOF following assaults on Ramallah and Bethlehem provinces.

(Source / 15.06.2016)

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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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