Israeli raids across the West Bank as Hebron siege enters 10th day
Published Sunday 22/06/2014 (updated) 22/06/2014 17:38
BETLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out raids and detained at least nine Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank on Sunday morning as a massive Israeli search operation for three missing teenagers entered its 10th day.
The operation, which is the largest military deployment in the West Bank in more than a decade, has led to the deaths of at least five Palestinians, the detention of more than 370, and raids on more than 1,100 sites including homes, offices, and universities.
Israeli forces detained six Palestinians in the region of Hebron on Sunday, which has been under a tight blockade for more than a week.
Family members told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided Idhna west of Hebron and detained Palestinian member of parliament Muhammad Mutliq Abu Jheisha from his home. Surveillance cameras were also confiscated from several buildings in the town.
Locals also told Ma'an that the Israeli soldiers stormed Beit Jubrin cemetery in Idhna during the raid.
Israeli troops stormed Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron after blowing up the main gates. University officials told Ma'an that the soldiers confiscated several computers during raids in a number of university offices..
Additionally, Israeli forces raided al-Salam neighborhood and broke into several residential houses for inspection. Al-Ansar mosque in the neighborhood was also stormed and searched.
In the old city of Hebron, Israeli troops detained Mahmoud Yusri al-Uweiwi, Abdullah Ideis and Shadi Raed Abu Omar after ransacking their homes.
The Israeli military operation reached the westernmost village of Beit Awwa where Israeli troops detained Fawzi Ismail Sweiti and his brother Jihad after raiding their homes.
Israeli forces also stormed Yatta in the south and detained Aziz Ismail al-Huroush.
Large numbers of Israeli soldiers also deployed in Tarqumia, Halhul and Nuba. The soldiers broke into several homes for inspection.
Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided several neighborhoods in the city of Nablus as well as the villages of Salem, Rujeib, Madama, Urif, and the Nablus-area refugee camps of al-Ein, Balata and Askar overnight.
The sources confirmed that Israeli troops confiscated a private car belonging to Muin Zahi Shabaro in the al-Marrikh neighborhood of Nablus. A computer and some cell phones were also confiscated.
Similarly, Ibrahim Ahmad Sabbah from the village of Urif south of Nablus told Ma'an that Israeli troops stormed his house at 1:00 a.m. and confiscated his minibus. He said that he was hired by al-Eiman kindergarten to drive kids to the kindergarten in the confiscated minibus. The soldiers also searched Sabbah's house thoroughly.
In Nablus, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers ransacked several homes including the home of a Palestinian security officer Jabir Hawwash and the home of Mahmoud Salih.
In addition, soldiers raided the homes of Amid Natour, Latifa Abu Thira, Jubril Thabit, Nasser Hanoun, Hani al-Kaabi and Salah Addin Shbaro.
For the third time since Israeli forces started the crackdown against the West Bank, Palestinians reported that Israeli troops stole money from their houses during inspection raids.
Head of the village council of Madama in Nablus area Eyhab al-Qit told Ma'an that Israeli forces confiscated 180,000 shekels ($52,000) in addition to two laptops and a number of cell phones from home of Nizar Abdullah al-Qit during an early morning raid Sunday.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed that soldiers confiscated money from a house in Madama.
A Palestinian woman from Nablus said on Saturday meanwhile, that Israeli troops had confiscated 5,000 Jordanian dinars ($7,000) from her home.
Israeli forces invaded several towns and villages in Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank early on Sunday morning, ransacking and searching several houses.
Predawn raids were reported in the villages of Tuqu, al-Ubeidiya, Dar Salah, al-Shawawra, Zaatara, Jannata, Rakhama, al-Ubayyat and Khallet al-Louza east and south of Bethlehem.
Witnesses said Israeli troops used police dogs during inspections, and that soldiers did not wait until residents opened their doors and instead blew up their doors.
Eiman Ibrahim Subih was injured when soldiers blew up the main door of her family home in the village of Rakhama. Her brother Ahmad was detained during the raid.
In al-Ubayyat village, seven Israeli military vehicles along with infantrymen raided the village and broke into several homes. Locals confirmed that the homes of Suleiman Auda Uweida, his brothers Tariq and Muhammad, and his son Atif were stormed.
In Tuqu, local sources said Israeli forces stormed the homes of Murad Ayish al-Badan and caused severe damage to the interior of the house. Al-Badan said the soldiers confiscated 4,000 shekels ($1,200) from his home.
Israeli forces also raided several villages in Jenin area in the northern West Bank early on Sunday morning and clashed with locals.
Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that clashes broke in the villages of al-Yamoun and Qabatia with Israeli forces.
Palestinian protestors hurled rocks and empty bottles at the Israeli troops, who fired back with stun grenades and tear gas canisters.
The sources said that Israeli military raids targeted the villages of Yaabad and Silat al-Harithiya as well.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that nine were detained overnight, but did not know where the arrests had occurred.