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Israeli forces arrest Palestinians amid clashes overnight

May 28, 2014 1:14 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2014 9:31 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested a number of Palestinians in the West Bank early Wednesday.

In the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, soldiers ransacked several homes overnight and fired tear gas canisters at locals, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.

Israeli forces arrested eight people, among them the son of jailed Hamas leader Jamal Abu al-Haija and the son of former Palestinian official Wasfi al-Qabaha.

The other six detainees were identified as Alaa Yousef al-Qarut, Shawqi Tahir, Ahmad Shawki Tahir, Rami al-Boul, Muhammad Hasan Zakarnah, and Wasim Eid Meri.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided Majdal Bani Fadil near Nablus and detained 32-year-old Samahir Ali Zein al-Din after ransacking her home, witnesses said.

Al-Din's husband was detained two months ago, locals told Ma'an. The couple has six children.

In Burqa, also in the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained 18-year-old Tariq Khaled Abu Fanous.

Additionally, Israeli forces made several arrests east of Jerusalem, a local popular committee spokesman told Ma'an.

Hani Halabiya said that 25 Israeli military vehicles entered the towns of Abu Dis and al-Eizariya, and that Israeli forces detained a woman and eleven young men.

Amid clashes with local Palestinian youths, Israeli forces arrested Eyhab Raed Abu Rumi, Muhammad Sami Bassah, Raghib Mousa Jabir, Ayman Omar Jabir, Muhammad al-Sabi, Mahmoud Ahmad al-Mukahal, Wisam Ahmad al-Mukahal, Muhammad Ahmad al-Mukahal, Muhammad Bassam Sinnawi, and Yousef Walid Abu Rumi.

The forces arrested the wife of Alaa Bassam Udwan, telling family members she would be released when her husband turned himself into Israeli authorities, Halabiya said.

Similarly, Jamil Abu Ziad was arrested in place of his son Hashim, he added.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an he was not familiar with any arrests being made by the Border Police in Abu Dis or al-Eizariya.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an 12 Palestinians were arrested overnight.

Four Palestinians were arrested in the Nablus district and eight in Jenin, the spokeswoman said.

North of Nablus, Israeli forces "exposed an IED," she said.

In Jenin, she said Palestinians hurled IEDs and fired shots at Israeli soldiers who were in the area to arrest seven Palestinians.

Israeli forces responded with live fire and riot dispersal means, she said.

No injuries were reported.

The soldiers arrested an additional Palestinian for stone throwing, the spokeswoman said.

She added that soldiers discovered and confiscated an IED, a firearm, and ammunition during the Jenin arrest raid.
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