February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Israeli occupation forces have detained five Palestinians in what has been described as a "massive" military operation in Nablus. Palestinian Red Crescent sources said that 19 people were taken to hospital after tear gas was fired by the Israelis at a crowd which had gathered to protest at the assault.
Dozens of Israeli military vehicles accompanied Special Forces as they entered several areas of the West Bank city. They broke into a number of homes and arrested the five men during the night.
Soldiers involved in the operation set an explosive device inside the house belonging to Omar al-Kharoof, who was one of those detained. Witnesses said that the explosion caused serious damage to the building, making it uninhabitable; Al-Kharoof's family is now homeless. A number of his relatives claim that they were also subject to physical abuse by the Israeli soldiers.
The Red Crescent reported that the Israeli soldiers acted very aggressively towards its staff while the latter were evacuating casualties.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour