Thursday, July 24

Large-scale arrest campaign in West Bank

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) carried out at dawn Tuesday a large arrest campaign against dozens of Palestinians including an elderly woman.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces broke into Hossam Qawasmi’s home and arrested his elderly mother. Um Hassan, 67, is a mother of 5 prisoners and 2 martyrs.
Qawasmi’s home is threatened with demolition for being allegedly involved in the kidnapping and killing of 3 Israeli soldiers.
Three Palestinian ex-detainees were also arrested after raiding and searching their homes in al-Khalil.
Three other youths were detained from Bani Naim town in al-Khalil.
On the other hand, a number of youths were injured at dawn Tuesday when Israeli forces raided Askar refugee camp in Nablus.
According to PIC reporter, a large Israeli force broke into Asker camp at 2 am and arrested three youths including 2 ex-detainees after storming their homes.
Family sources confirmed that the two ex-detainees were brutally beaten before their arrest.
As a result, violent clashes broke out in the refugee camp. Injuries with live bullets were reported.
Meanwhile, 40 people were injured on Monday during clashes that erupted after Tarawih players in different parts of al-Khalil.
13 youths were wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at a large march organized in Bab al-Zawiya al-Khalil in support of Palestinian resistance. The protesters in turn responded by throwing stones and empty battles at the soldiers.
Similar clashes erupted in Halhul Bridge northern the city where Israeli forces intensively fired tear gas bombs and live bullets. Several injuries were reported.
5 Israeli jeeps stormed Beit Ummar in al-Khalil late yesterday which led to the outbreak of violent clashes. Breathing problems were reported among Palestinians.
Clashes were reported in Fawar and Aroub refugee camps in al-Khalil. Arrests were carried out during the clashes. Tear gas bombs were fired at Palestinian homes, the PIC reporter said.
A large march was earlier organized in Bab al-Zawiya in al-Khalil in support of Palestinian resistance and in protest against PA-Israeli security coordination.
Hundreds of people including children and women have participated in the march. The participants chanted slogans and held banners in support of Hamas leaders and Qassam Brigades.

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