Palestine: Continued Israeli attacks across West Bank, Jerusalem

24th Mar 2014


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By Chris Carlson
International Middle East Media Center: Israeli forces, Sunday, abducted two people from the West Bank and another from the Jerusalem area. Others were summoned others for interrogation, according to local and security sources.

Two people, ages 25 and 35, were kidnapped by Israeli forces from the city of Hebron and the nearby town of Dora, after their houses were searched and content vandalized.

Forces also handed summons to appear before the Israeli intelligence to almost a dozen people from the Hebron area, according to WAFA.

On Saturday, March 22, Israeli police took Zaaid Salame Mehamre, a shepherd from the Palestinian village of Maghayr Al-Abeed, while he was grazing his sheep on Jabel Doff (the location where the Havat Ma’on outpost used to stand before the year 2000, when it was moved to Hill 833).

The action was carried out under the accusation of “trespassing”, although no official documents on the ownership of the land were presented, according to the Alternative Information Center (AIC).

Meanwhile, the army set up a military checkpoint at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, stopping vehicles and checking the identity cards of the drivers.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police took into custody a worker, age 28, from the village of Husan to the west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of entering Israel without permission.

In the Jenin district, army forces stormed the village of Al-Yamoun amid the firing of stun grenades and tear gas towards residents, causing several cases of suffocation. The forces also handed eight people summons for interrogation. No arrests were reported.

Three Palestinian youth were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets fired at them by Israeli forces, during confrontations which continued for the second day in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, according to medical sources.

The sources told WAFA that forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters toward the residents, shooting and injuring three youth. Several other Palestinians suffered from tear gas suffocation.

They were transferred to hospital for treatment.

Soldiers opened fire at a journalist’s car while he was covering confrontations between forces and youth in Aida refugee camp, to the north of Bethlehem, according to the attacked journalist.

Journalist Iyad Ahmad, who works for the Associated Press, said that soldiers opened fire at his car while he was driving to the camp to cover the news, causing damage to the car.

To be noted, Israeli army recently intensified their arbitrary measures against journalists, including detention for periods of several hours and imposing restrictions on their free movement.

Israeli settlers attacked several Palestinian farmers in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, injuring one, according to a local activist.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that a number of settlers attacked farmers and hurled stones at them while they were working on opening an agricultural road, at the eastern part of the village.

He said that settlers surrounded one of the farmers, beat him and threw stones at him, causing him several injuries throughout his body.

He was transferred to hospital for treatment where his condition was described as moderate.


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