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Israel tightens noose around Hebron as home raids continue
Published Sunday 15/06/2014 (updated) 16/06/2014 10:23
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- For the second consecutive day, Israeli forces on Sunday continued a major military operation in Hebron in the southern West Bank in search of three Israeli teenagers who disappeared Thursday evening near the Gush Etzion settlement.

Although Israeli forces bombarded the Gaza Strip and detained 80 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight, Hebron has taken the brunt of the Israeli response.

Israeli forces have erected checkpoints throughout the city and nearby villages, and since Friday morning have engaged in dozens of raids on private homes around the clock.

A Ma'an reporter on the scene said on Sunday that Israeli forces closed Hebron's northern entrance with a steel gate and large concrete blocks preventing Palestinian pedestrians and vehicles from moving in and out.

Israeli troops also erected checkpoints at the main roads in the Nabi Younis and Hawawir neighborhoods north of Hebron, inspecting all Palestinians traveling in and out of Hebron.

Israeli forces have detained 43 people from Hebron area since the beginning of the crisis on Friday morning, according to Hebron branch of the Palestinian Prisoner's society.

Despite the Israeli military operation, the residents of Hebron have continued trying to continue daily life as normal. Shops and stores have remained open, but few people were seen in the streets.

Public transportation operated normally, but the movement of private vehicles was less than usual as a result of the heavy military presence.

A shop owner named Muhammad told Ma'an that residents of Hebron have avoided going to the markets out of fear that the ongoing house-to-house Israeli incursions would continue.

People are afraid that Israelis will break into their homes while they are out, so they preferred to remain inside, he added.

Palestinian police officers are operated normally in Hebron, a Ma'an reporter on the scene said.

On Thursday night, three Israeli youths disappeared while attempting to hitchhike from the Jewish-only Gush Etzion settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli authorities have said the Palestinian Authority has responsibility for the settlers' safety and has accused Hamas members of kidnapping the youths, charges Hamas has called "stupid."

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, has stressed that they have no responsibility for the settlers' safety, as they were captured in the 62 percent of the West Bank under Israeli military and civilian control.

The case has attracted widespread attention in Israel and led to a fervent campaign for their return under the banner "Bring Back Our Boys."

Palestinians, however, have contrasted the attention received by the three settler youth with the lack of concern for the fate of around 200 Palestinians who are currently being held indefinitely without charge or trial in Israeli prisons, including 125 who have been on hunger strike for more than 50 days.





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1 ) Mel / USA
15/06/2014 17:35
This is all a hige excuse to sabotage Palestinian Muslim&Christian unity,"sterilize" Hebron more,terrorize Palestinians more &expand the rabid-RAVSHATZ Zionist-only apartheid colonies. IDF knows that the real danger in that area is their OWN radical(barely)Jewish,colonists.Yet they STILL terrorize occupied Palestinians in their homes,as tho' they were the enemy!And Israel's accusations against Hamas(looking for another Shalit-scenario)are'stupid' & so orchestrated!

2 ) Then & Now / Realities
15/06/2014 18:27
A few years ago, when a soldier was abducted & ransomed, - ISRAEL SHOULD HAVE BOMBED Gaza, Building By Building, until either their soldier (Gilad Shalit) was freed, instead of waiting 5 years, and then freeing 1,000 terrorist murderers in exchange for his release, AND Today - ISRAEL SHOULD have learned from that mistake, and it should START BULLDOZING Hebron, Building By Building, until either the boys are freed or Hebron is reduced to rubble, AND * NEVER AGAIN RELEASE MURDERERS !!!

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 18:43
Arutzsheva is reporting that a government official has clearly fingered Hamas operators in Hevron as the kidnappers who after being released from Israeli prisons are returned to terror: "We are not acting blindly and without guidance,” the official said. “The IDF is thoroughly familiar with Hamas' infrastructure in Hevron. Those involved in the kidnapppings were prisoners in Israeli institutions and were released,”
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