Israeli forces stormed several villages in regions near Hebron, Jenin, Tulkarem and Khan Younis, on Saturday, causing damage to property and suffering to residents, due to tear gas inhalation.
WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported that, according to local sources, soldiers stormed the village of Marish, to the south of Doura , in Hebron, where they handed Director of the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies Osama Shahin, age 33, a notice to appear before Israeli intelligence for interrogation after breaking into, searching and sabotaging the contents of his house.
The house of Osama’s brother, who is currently working in Saudi Arabia, was also broken into and thoroughly searched, as forces broke the house’s front door, terrorizing his wife and sobotaging the contents.
WAFA reports that forces also stormed several Hebron neighborhoods, where they set up checkpoints at the entrances of Saʻir and Halhul, located to the north od Hebron, as well as Tarqomia and Idhna, located to the west of Hebron, stopping Palestinian vehicles travelling along the way and examining passengers’ ID cards.
Furhtermore, troops and military vehicles stormed ‘Arraba, ‘Ajja, Meithalun and Zababdeh, located to the south of Jenin, in a large-scale search campaign.
No arrests have been reported. However, to the southwest of Jenin, an Israeli military court sentenced, on Saturday, member of Yaʻbad municiplaity Mohammad Abu Baker, to 8 months imprisonment and imposed a fine of 4,000 New Israeli Shkels, according to mayor of Yaʻbad, Samer Abu Baker.
Samer condemned this sentence as an ‘arbitrary’ and called for his release, noting that Mohammad also holds the position of Head of Yaʻbad Electricity Commission and also works as a teacher.
WAFA further reports that dozens of Palestinians have suffered the effects of tear gas as a result of clashes which erupted with Israeli forces near the Sanʻouz gate, to the west of Tulkarem, during a protest organized in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners.
Some of the victims were treated on the scene, while others were hospitalized.
In the southern Gaza strip, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting their crops, to the east of Khan Younis, on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported but the farmers were forced to leave their farmlands
Just Friday, Israeli soldiers fired an artillery shell at Palestinian farmlands planted with wheat and barely, to the east of Kan Younis, where they set fire to scores of dunams of land.
The Israeli military deliberately and frequently fires on Palestinian farmers as they try to tend their crops in land near the borders.