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Israeli forces detain 15, ransack 150 homes in Hebron raid

Nov. 22, 2015 12:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2015 1:18 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, during a raid in which Israeli forces reportedly ransacked at least 150 homes overnight Saturday, local sources said.

Raids took place in the Hebron villages of Beit Awwa, Surif, al-Kassara, al-Shyoukh, Idna, Bani Naim and al-Tabqa, as well as Beit Ummar, and al-Arrub refugee camp.

An Israel army spokesperson only confirmed that two Palestinians had been detained in Hebron, adding that the two were detained for "illegal activity."

In Beit Awwa village, locals said Israeli forces ransacked homes and detained Hassan Abdul-Fattah Masalmah, Hamza Tayseer Abdul-Razzaq Masalmah, Adul-Aziz Omar al-Sweti, Muath Hassan Abdul-Fattah Masalmah, and Muhammad Suliman Abu Thrie, who is confined to a wheelchair.

The family of Mahmoud Yassin al-Sweti in Beit Awwa, whose home was reportedly raided, said that Israeli forces stole 800 grams of gold during the raid.

Israeli forces also issued a summons to Muath Jihad Abu Ghalya to meet with Israeli intelligence forces.

Local sources added that Israeli forces closed all entrances, not allowing people to come in or out of the village during the raid.

In Beit Ummar, Muhammad Ayyad Awad, a spokesman for a local popular committee, said that Israeli troops detained five Palestinians, including two minors, after raiding homes in the neighborhood.

The detainees were identified as Abdullah Shafiq Redwan Ikhlayel, 26, Nael Yousif al-Qadi, 22, Saif Ahmad Redwan Ikhlayel, 15, Muhammad Subhi Nimer Adi, 14 and Ahmad Ibrahim Thalji Adi, 25. Locals said they witnessed Israeli forces assaulting the men, before they were taken away.

In Surif village, Muhammad Lafi, head of the governorate, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village and ransacked many homes, before detaining three men identified as Ahmad Ismael Ghneimat, Ahmad Khalid Ghneimat, and Saif al-Deen Ahmad al-Hor.

In al-Kassara village, Israeli forces raided the home of Raed Shawkat Muhammad al-Fakhouri, 43, before detaining the man, along with another man identified as Munjid al-Jaabri.

During raids in al-Tabqa village, south of Hebron, Israeli forces reportedly detained a man identified as Husam Abu Ras, who was released from Israeli prison one week previously.

Israeli troops also raided several stores in the village of Idna, west of Hebron, locals said.

During a raid in al-Arrub refugee camp, Israeli forces shot tear gas at people and houses, with many residents suffering from tear gas inhalation, locals said.

Local sources in Bani Naim village said that Israeli forces raided al-Shoukh medical center in the village, and seized some of the center's property.

In addition to raiding homes and detaining civilians, Israeli forces also reportedly searched and seized the property from the Islamic Charity committee in nearby al-Shyoukh village.

Israeli forces broke a family's computer during one of the Hebron raids. (MaanImages)
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