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Israeli forces detain more Palestinians in West Bank

February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

Israel’s occupation forces have arrested another five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank following a sweep through Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron. Witnesses said that the Israelis used an explosive device to break into homes in Hebron. Several properties and personal belongings were damaged by the security forces before two men were taken away.

Well-known activist Adnan Abu-Tabbaneh, who was released from a Palestinian prison one month ago, said that his 18-year-old son was one of two men detained in Hebron and had been released by the Palestinian authorities just last week; 23 year old Mohammed Salaymeh was named as the other.

In Nablus, local sources named Hamas activists Sheikh Derar Hamadneh and Zaher Mosa as among those detained by the Israelis. The personal belongings of Anas Al-Kaswani, 32, were damaged beyond repair during his arrest in Ramallah.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the Israelis used armoured bulldozers to destroy the makeshift home of Ibrahim Al-Kaswani. Six members of his family were left with homeless because the Israeli authorities claim that they were living in an “unlicenced” house.

Israel’s ongoing aggression against the Palestinians, of which arrests and house demolitions are a part, has recorded another casualty on the growing list of men, women and children killed and wounded by soldiers and illegal settlers. According to medical sources in Nablus, Mohammed al-Domaidi, died having never regained consciousness after being hit by a settler’s car 8 years ago. He was 18 years old.