Israeli forces raid Beit Ummar village; detain 2 Palestinians
Published Friday 01/11/2013 (updated) 02/11/2013 16:24
Israeli soldiers take away a detained Palestinian in the Al Fawwar refugee
camp near Hebron on March 28, 2006. (MaanImages/Mamoun Wazwaz)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinians on Friday after raiding their houses in the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar.
Shadi Ibrahim Mohammad Bahar, 22, and Muntaser Thyab Saed Attiya Awad, 24, were detained after Israeli forces raided their village in the early morning, said Mohammad Ayyad Awad, media spokesman for the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement Activities in Beit Ummar.
During the raid, clashes broke out between local Palestinians and Israeli forces, and officials said that a number of Palestinians were injured.
After forcibly entering Shadi Ibrahim Mohammad Bahar's house, Israeli forces assaulted him in front of his family, and then took him handcuffed to walk on foot for two kilometers.
Mohammad Ayyad Awad added that Israeli troops caused damage to the houses that they raided.
During the raid, Israeli forces set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to the village and prevented Palestinians individuals and vehicles from leaving or entering the village. They briefly detained dozens of Palestinians and inspected their IDs.
Israeli forces also raided a bakery in the village and briefly detained workers there while they inspected their IDs.
Another Israeli soldier was stationed near the mosque in the village and inspected the IDs of the worshipers while other Israeli soldiers banned Palestinians from performing morning prayers in the mosque, forcing them to return home.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the Palestinian were detained "for involvement in illegal activity" and were "taken for investigation by security forces."
Israeli forces routinely raid West Bank towns and villages to arrest Palestinians, usually on the pretext of security questioning.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.