Israeli occupation forces have arrested 15 Palestinians, including eight children, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian sources reported on Thursday. Soldiers swept through Dora neighbourhood in the south of the city in a house-to-house search. The detainees were taken to an unknown destination.
The children were named as Mahmoud Harbiyat, aged 14; Ghalib Harbiyat, 15; Mohamed Harbiyat, 15; Ali Yousif, 14; Hamza Abu-Ras, 13; twin brothers Mohamed and Ahmed Hawwash, 13; and Qusai Al-Atrash, 14.
Qusai's unnamed brother, aged 19, was also arrested along with Omar Al-Atrash, 24; Mohamed Mohamed, 23; Mahmoud Abu-Ras, 30; Yousif Mohamed, 17; Reyad Abu-Ras, 21; and Mo'men Attoun, 19. The Israeli occupation authorities handed over an arrest warrant for the entire family of Ahmed Abu-Ras.
Local residents said that the occupation soldiers handed them written statements signed by the Israeli military governor in Hebron threatening them if their sons are involved in throwing stones at Israelis. "Anyone who throws a stone puts himself in danger and his family will pay large fines," the statement said.