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Israel detains 30 Palestinians in Hebron as crackdown continues

June 19, 2014 10:55 A.M. (Updated: June 20, 2014 12:27 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- 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, detaining 30 men.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli troops detained 62-year-old Mustafa Shawar, 64-year-old Rimsi Difish, 46-year-old Wajih Abu Hadid, Raed Hmeidan Sharabati, Qidar Ramadan Gheith, Ali Dofish, Ahmad Muhammad al-Uweiwi, Sheikh Jihad Shabanah, Sheikh Anwar Harb and Muhammad Bassam al-Zeir.

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.

Sheikh Jamil Mahmoud Alqam, 70, and 24-year-old Palestinian police officer Ibrahim Muhammad Awad were detained in Beit Ummar, a local committee spokesman said, 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.

Soldiers were also reportedly searching caves, cemeteries and abandoned houses on the outskirts of Yatta and demolished a 1.5 kilometer long road between Khirbet al-Dirat and Khallat al-Mayy.

In Deir Samit, Israeli forces detained Subhi Muhammad Masalmah while soldiers raided several properties in Bani Naim.

Israeli forces also targeted the students' union at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, the radio said.

The widespread search and arrest operations sparked clashes overnight in Jenin and Nablus, the army said.

"During an operational activity in Jenin, a violent riot erupted during which Palestinians hurled IEDs (petrol bombs) and opened fire at the forces," it said.

"The forces responded with live fire, identifying hits," it added.

Clashes also broke out in Nablus where residents hurled an explosive device and rocks at the soldiers, prompting several arrests, the army said.

"Overnight, IDF forces have searched approximately 100 locations and carried approximately 10 operations against 'Dawa' institutions - the civilian lifeline used by Hamas to recruit, disseminate information and enable cash flow," Israel's army said.

Thirty Palestinians were detained, making a total of 280 since the manhunt began. Over 200 of those arrested are affiliated with Hamas, the statement added.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said on Wednesday, however, that around 300 Palestinians had already been arrested so far.

Three Israeli teenagers went missing from a Jewish settlement near Bethlehem last week.

The Israeli military has engaged in a wide spread search campaign for the missing youths that has morphed into a full assault on Hamas members across the West Bank.

Israeli forces have killed one Palestinian and injured at least seven injured across the West Bank since the campaign began.

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