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Israeli police launch arrest raids across East Jerusalem

May 30, 2013 10:08 A.M. (Updated: May 31, 2013 4:34 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained 29 Palestinians in raids across East Jerusalem early Thursday, local officials said.

Israeli troops clashed with Palestinians in Abu Dis and Eizariya towns during arrest raids on the towns. Israeli forces fired tear gas, sound grenades and plastic-coated bullets at residents, Eizariya council spokesman Osama Jaber told Ma'an.

Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians in raids on homes in Eizariya, Jaber said. He identified those detained as Fatah official Mohammad Matar, Sami Abu Ghalyeh, Khaled Khalaf, Subhi Khalaf, Alaa al-Yasini, Jawad al-Yasini, Ammar al-Imwasi, Mohammad al-Mkahal, Nidal al-Asmar, Haroun Abu Romi, Nasser al-Asmar, Omar al-Nawafleh and Hazim Odwan.

Jaber said police entered the homes of Ahmad Basseh, Hamzeh Abu Zyad, and Jamil Abu Zyad and ordered them to turn themselves in for interrogation by Friday morning, threatening to detain their sons.

Forces also raided Mayor Sufian Basseh's home and ransacked it, Jaber added.

In Abu Dis, police detained Abdullah Abu Hilal, Mahmud Erikat, Ali Qablawi, and Hamzeh Ayad, Jaber said. They ransacked the homes of Mohammad Nawafleh and Yousef Nawafleh.

In response to the raid, locals threw a home-made explosive device at Israeli forces stationed behind Israel's wall, Jaber said.

Twelve Palestinian teenagers and young men were arrested from their homes in the al-Sadiyeh neighborhood of Jerusalem's Old City. Police broke the doors of several homes in the raids and stayed in the area until 5 a.m.

A Ma'an correspondent said police arrested 13-year-old Issa Mteb, Aboud al-Jabari, 16, Muhanad Eid, 17, Abdullah Abu Diab 18, Hamoudeh al-Baytouni, 19, Mohammad Halawani, 19, Alaa Makieh,19, Maher al-Baytouni, 20, Mahmud al-Khatib, 20, Mohammad Ghousheh, 21, Anas Afghani, 21, and Mahmud al-Tiryaki.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some arrests were made in the last 24 hours but could not immediately say how many.

He said the arrests involved suspects directly involved in "a number of incidents that have taken place over the last couple of weeks," including petrol bombs and rock throwing.

Eizariya council denounced the arrest sweep and urged the international human rights organizations to intervene to secure the detainees' release.

In a statement, the council also called on the international community to end Israeli violations in the towns, where Israel is confiscating land, demolishing homes and expanding Jewish settlements.

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