Israel heats up tension in West Bank

Arresting more than 10 Palestinians and assaulting two elders, Israel heats up tension in West Bank

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The tension has risen in the West Bank after Israeli forces have raided the towns of Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and Ramallah, arresting 11 citizens across the West Bank and attacked old people in Jerusalem, according to Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA).

Invading Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces fired stun grenades and arrested three youths after destroying their homes and breaking the houses’ doors.

Farooq Salameh, 21, Yehya Balalweh, 20, Joma’a al Ghoul and Ahmad al Qaniri were detained after brutally being assaulted by the Israeli security forces.

Eighteen-year-old Abd al Hamid Hammad was also reported to have been arrested in the town of Silwad to the East of Ramallah.

The coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements, Ahmad Salah, told WAFA news agency that Israeli police arrested a woman and her son, while she was visiting her imprisoned husband held in Israeli Eishel jail.

A group of Israeli forces also stormed Aida refugee camp and arrested a 14-year old boy identified as Ahmad al Azraq who allegedly threw stones at the soldiers.

Meanwhile, the central vegetable market was closed by the Israeli forces in Bita town, south of Nablus, and Palestinians are prevented from meeting their requirements.

Israeli police in 2014 arrested seven times as many Arabs at illegal demonstrations as Jews, reported on Monday.

Statistics show that the police arrested 1,472 Arab citizens for illegal assembly or association for political purposes in 2014, compared to 202 Jews.

According to the data, 15 percent of the 2014 detainees were indicted. Out of these, 42 percent of them were Arabs and 35 percent were Jews.

Last year 110 Arabs were arrested on suspicion of inciting violence, compared to 25 Jews.

The Israeli police also arrested 32 Arabs for flying the Palestinian flag.

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