Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Saturday, the Israeli army said. On Sunday morning, at the entrance of occupied East Jerusalem, forces detained a young man and a child from Al Issawiya, in the Old City.An Israeli army spokeswoman said that one had been arrested in Qalqiliya, one in Ramallah, one in Bethlehem, and five from Hebron, all for ‘involved in terror’ or ‘violence against Israeli civilians or military’.
Witnesses told Ma’an News Agency that five Israeli vehicles entered Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqiliya,firing tear gas canisters, stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets before they detained 17-year-old Majid Mahmoud Jumaa, who was out on the street.
In Hebron, locals said Israeli troops had detained Zeid Akram al-Qawasmi after ransacking and damaging his house.
A statement from the Palestinian prisoner’s society in Hebron also said that Israeli forces had detained a 25-year-old woman, Sabrin Khalil Abu Sharar, from her house in Dora near Hebron.
The woman’s father said Israeli troops ransacked their home at dawn hours before taking Sabrin to an unknown location.
The other five Palestinians detained remain unidentified.
Al Ray further reports that Israeli forces had deployed heavily on Sunday morning, at the entrance of occupied Jerusalem, where they detained a young man and a child from Al Issawiya, in the Old City.
Witness reported that Israeli forces intensified their presence on the entrances of Jerusalem neighborhoods and villages, centering near Ras Al Amood area, where they randomly issued tickets for vehicles.
Head of Jerusalemite prisoners committee, Amjad Abu Asab, stated that soldiers detained the minor, Amir Basti, 17, while he was participating in decorating Bab Hetta lane in the old city in preparations for Ramadan month.
Abu Asab explained that a group of Mista’arvim attacked the young men in Bab Hetta lane, and kidnapped the minor Basti without clear charges. Basti will stand trial in front of the Israeli magistrate court to consider extending his detention.
Forces had also detained, Mohamed Elian, 21, from Al Issawiya village, and he was taken to Al Maskobia interrogation center.
Clashes erupted later, in Bab Hettan and Al Siwan neighborhood, where soldiers fired sound and gas bombs.
Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West bank are routinely detained by Israeli forces, with prisoners’ rights group Addameer estimating that around 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has spent time in Israeli jails.