donderdag 19 juni 2014
Israel continues to arrest and ransack charities and private property
Israeli forces detained 30 Palestinians in the Hebron district overnight Wednesday as a search for three missing Israelis continues for the seventh day. In an ongoing military crackdown in Hebron, Israeli forces raided homes and charitable organizations. Soldiers also raided the public transportation lot of Hebron's municipality and confiscated surveillance cameras.
In al-Fawwar refugee camp, Israeli forces demolished an agricultural well and steel structure belonging to Abdul-Qadir al-Azzah. In Beit Ummar a 70-year old and a 24-year-old Palestinian police officer were detained, while soldiers also broke into a charity for orphans and confiscated computers and paper files.
Youths in the town clashed with Israeli soldiers, hurling stones and empty bottles, and setting fire to tires.
Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and live fire at demonstrators, injuring three people. Several residents suffered tear gas inhalation. In Yatta, Israeli forces closed off several roads before ransacking residential properties. Soldiers also raided a charitable society for orphans and confiscated surveillance cameras, computers, and files. They also raided a private clinic belonging to Dr. Ibrahim al-Najjar, confiscating security cameras, and a shop belonging to Mousa al-Najjar.
Israeli forces have raided hundreds of homes and detained 300 Palestinian individuals since three Israeli teenagers went missing from a Jewish settlement near Bethlehem last week, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said in a statement Wednesday.
Hebron has born the brunt of the retribution, as a siege was imposed on the southern West Bank region of more than 600,000 over the weekend. In this district more than one-third of the 300 detained were taken during Israeli raids on more than 750 homes.
During the raids, Israeli forces damaged properties in the majority of the houses, the Prisoner's Society said, and the infrastructure of a number of homes was damaged. Palestinian Prisoner's Society director in Hebron Amjad al-Najjar said that the arrests have not only targeted Hamas members but all Palestinians. Local sources said that Israeli forces are continuing raids and searches in areas around the Hebron-district villages of Ithna and Dura, and that there is a heavy deployment of Israeli soldiers in Farsh al-Hawa area.
The Prisoner's Society said that the 300 detainees include 52 people who were freed in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal with Israel, and 11 Palestinian members of parliament. According to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society, 104 were detained from Hebron, 52 from Nablus, 41 from Ramallah, 37 from Jenin, 16 from Tulkarem, 13 from Qalqiliya, 12 from each of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, 6 from Tubas, 5 from Salfit, and one from Jericho. Additionally, one individual from Balata refugee camp near Nablus was arrested Wednesday night.
Haaretz reports that Israeli forces raided 14 Dawa institutions overnight conficating equipment. (The papers calls it Hamas' socio-economic infrastructure, but in fact these are social institutions an not all of them are Hamas related). One of the institutions was the Bir Zeit University's Students' Union. At some places there were confrontations, according to the Israeli military. Particularly in Bir Zeit University. According to the army, two Palestinians were shot while trying to firebomb soldiers in Jenin.
Israel also launched four airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip. One person was wounded.