Israeli police, on Sunday, kidnapped two Palestinians, including an elderly, from the Jerusalem area, whereas the Israeli army abducted one Palestinian from Hebron’s Yatta town and summoned another for interrogation, according to reports by security sources and witnesses.WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency reports that Israeli police arrested elderly Raji Abu al-Humus while he was leaving al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, in addition to arresting another Palestinian near one of the Mosque’s gates.
Meanwhile, Israeli police allowed around 120 settlers to roam the yards of the mosque, infuriating worshipers who chanted religious slogans to protest their provocative presence, compelling police to intervene and lead the settlers out for fear of spurring clashes.
Israeli police imposes restrictions on Palestinian worshipers’ entry, particularly women and youth. Police began following the policy of retaining their identity cards prior to their entry in anticipation of any clashes and to be able to detain those who might get involved.
Meanwhile in Hebron, Israeli forces stormed Yatta town and the nearby town of Ithna, where they arrested Abd al-Kamel Abu Zahra, raided and searched several homes. Forces also summoned Ahmad Qisieh to appear for interrogation at an Israeli intelligence center.
In the meantime, Israeli forces intensified their military procedures across Hebron, setting up checkpoints; thus isolating the southern and western towns. Israeli soldiers stormed the towns of Nuba, As-Samou, and Beit Owwa as well.
Also on Sunday, the Israeli army broke into two schools in the village of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, according to a local source.
Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the Anti-Settlement Committee in the village, told WAFA that an army force broke into a girl’s school, spreading fear among the students.
Soldiers also stormed a nearby boy’s school; the teaching staff prevented the soldiers from coming near the students and forced them out of the school, said Salah. There were no reports of arrests or confrontations.
The village has been a target of recurrent Israeli army raids, which hampers the daily life of local villagers.
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