Army Tightens Siege On Yatta Town, South Of Hebron

13 Jun
9:31 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, many Palestinian homes in Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and searched many homes, before the army tightened the siege that was imposed on the town several days ago.

The soldiers invaded Yatta from several directions, before advancing into its neighborhoods, and then broke into many homes, and violently searched them.

They interrogated many Palestinians while searching their homes, especially in Roq’a area, Zeev and Susiya junctions.

Rateb Jabour, the media coordinator of the Popular and National Committee in Hebron, said the soldiers caused excessive property damage to some of the invaded homes, including those belonging to Mazen Yousef Jabour, Mohammad Khaled Issa Jabour and Ali Ismael Aqel.

The soldiers deliberately caused damage to windows, doors and furniture in the invaded homes, Jabour added.

The army also closed the town’s entrances with sand hills, and even blockaded roads between several neighborhoods, just one day after the soldiers opened them.

Yatta has been subject to constant invasions and collective punishment after the deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv, on Wednesday evening, leading to the death of four Israelis, as the shooters, who were arrested by the police after the attack, are from the town.

The two shooters are cousins in their early twenties; one of them was arrested and taken in for questioning, while the other, who was injured, was also arrested and taken to a hospital.

On Monday at dawn, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three young men.

Furthermore, the soldiers kidnapped, late on Sunday at night and on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank.

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