Israeli forces detain Palestinians in Hebron
Published Friday 04/10/2013 (updated) 06/10/2013 15:19
Israeli soldiers arresting a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron
Aug. 3, 2005. (MaanImages/Abed Al-Hashlamon)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Hebron district and took them to unknown locations on Friday morning, family members told Ma'an.
Hazim Syouri said that an Israeli military force raided his house in the old city of Hebron and carried out an extensive search that caused much damage to their furniture. Israeli forces then detained his two brothers, Basem, 33, and Ismael, 30.
Syouri added that the Israeli army had raided his building after midnight and subsequently turned the entire house into a military base. The house consists of five residential apartments. In the morning, the Israeli forces left and took Syouri's two brothers with them.
Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces also detained Hamed Kamel Shwaika, 33, from ad-Dahriya village south of Hebron at a temporary military checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Beit Hjai south of Hebron.
Five-hundred Israeli settlers live in the Old City of Hebron, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli forces. Settlers and Israeli forces regularly target local Palestinians for harassment, and many have been forced from their homes as a result.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said two people were detained overnight in Hebron.
She said soldiers found improvised weapons and two improvised explosive devices in Hebron.
Overall seven Palestinians were detained in the West Bank, she said. One was detained from a village southeast of Nablus, three from inside the city, and another from a village southwest of Nablus.