Israeli Assaults and Kidnappings Continue Across West Bank

24 Mar
9:32 PM

Israeli forces, Monday, abducted eight people in the West Bank districts of Bethlehem and Nablus, as well as summoned another for interrogation, according to local and security sources.Army forces stormed the village of Taqou, to the east of Bethlehem, and took with them five young Palestinians, all in their twenties, including two brothers, after raiding and searching their houses.

According to WAFA, forces also broke into Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem, and raided Lajee Center, a Palestinian creative cultural children’s centre in the camp, after breaking down its main gate. They also took over the rooftop of the center and turned it into a military outpost.

Three Palestinians were shot and injured by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli forces in Aida refugee camp, to the north of Bethlehem, according to local sources.

Three citizens, including a female, were injured after being fired upon by Israeli forces. The people, including one seriously-injured, were admitted into Beit Jala hospital for treatment.

Forces declared the camp and the surrounding area a closed military zone, where they used equipment to fix some damaged parts of the apartheid wall which surrounds the camp.

Forces raided other homes in the area, taking a local resident into custody, security sources told WAFA.

Meanwhile, in Nablus, soldiers in army vehicles broke through the nearby Balata refugee camp, kidnapping two people, 25 and 45, after searching several homes in the area.

Israeli settlers assaulted and beat up a Palestinian resident in the village of Burin, to the south of Nablus.

The Palestinian, who was identified as Belal Dakhil, said that settlers attacked him and beat him up, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, while he was at the eastern part of the village checking on his house, which he was ordered by the Israeli army to stop the construction of, back in 2001.

Suspected settlers punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in annexed East Jerusalem, in the latest so-called ‘price tag’ hate crime, police and an AFP correspondent said.

The attack took place in Beit Hanina with Hebrew graffiti on a nearby bus reading ‘Gentiles in the country are enemies’.

Police said the tires of 34 cars were punctured, but an AFP correspondent at the scene placed the number at 45, noting all four wheels of each car were slashed.

Residents told Ma’an that the damage was discovered at 5 a.m. as locals left their homes to go to work.

In the Jenin district, Israeli forces invaded the village of Silat al-Harithiya, raided and searched several homes, interrogating residents. They also served a 22-year-old with a summons to appear for interrogation at the nearby Salem military base.

The army further stormed the town of Ya’bad to the west of Jenin. No arrests were reported.

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