Nine Kidnapped from West Bank, Shepherds Prevented from Grazing Livestock

February 25, 2015 5:07 AM IMEMC & Agencies News Report, Prisoners, West Bank 0
25 Feb
5:07 AM

Israeli forces abducted, early on Tuesday, nine Palestinians, including three ex-detainees and three minors, and summoned another from West Bank districts. Soldiers also prevented Yatta shepherds from grazing their livestock.WAFA correspondence reports that Israeli forces raided Qalandia refugee camp to the north of Jerusalem, where they broke into and ransacked several houses, triggering clashes with locals.

Israeli soldiers and snipers who took over the rooftops of several houses opened live fire on young men, who, in turn, hurled stones and empty bottles at them.

Four Palestinian ex-detainees were detained during the raid. They were identified as Hamada Abu Shalbak, Mahmoud al-Zeir, Yazan al-Khatib and Ahmad Zuheir. No injuries were reported, however, during the clashes.

Meanwhile, police detained three Palestinian minors after breaking into their families’ houses in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Director of the Jerusalem chapter of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), Naser Qawwas, identified the minors as Mustafa, ‘Abud Abu Sneina and ‘Omar Ghnaim, all around 13 years of age.

Meanwhile, in the Nablus district, forces raided Rujeib village to the south of the city, where they kidnapped two brothers after breaking into their family’s house. PPS identified the detainees as Ahmad and Halabi al-Halabi.

In the Bethlehem district, forces raided Ad-Duheisha refugee camp, where they served Saleh al-J‘aidi, age 19, with a notice to appear before Israeli intelligence in the military base of Gush Etzion.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli soldierschased after Palestinian shepherds and prevented them from grazing their livestock in the Yatta locality, to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the popular committee in southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jabour, said Israeli forces chased after shepherds in Khirbet At-Tawil, located near the Israeli settlement of Maon, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land in East Yatta, in an attempt to prevent them from entering the fields for the benefit of providing protection for settlers.

Forces further raided shepherds’ dwellings, causing financial damages to their contents.

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