Ma’an News: Israeli detention campaign continues as dozens more seized across West Bank

17 February 2009

Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel’s sweep of detentions across the West Bank continued overnight Monday as Israeli Radio reported 26 detentions for “security reasons.”

The forces detained seven civilians in Tulkarem, seven others in the Qalqiliya governorate, eight from Husan village near Bethlehem, one from Beit Ummar north of Hebron and three others from Hebron city.

Locals from Husan village said at least 50 military vehicles surrounded the small village and troops dispersed throughout the town searching the homes of the five men taken for questioning.

The men were identified as:

Murad Hamamrah,
Ashraf Hamamrah,
Sa’id Hamamrah,
Khattab Hamamrah and
Saber Hamamrah

Meanwhile, Israeli forces stormed the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem on Tuesday morning, detaining eight Islamic Jihad members at dawn, among them a senior member. A second raid Tuesday afternoon saw the detention of 29-year-old Subhi Jihad Ali. His home was raided and ransacked and he was taken to an unknown location.

In addition to Tulkarem proper, soldiers also entered villages around the city and the main refugee camps in the area, where they searched for other members to arrest, according to Palestinian security sources.

Soldiers stormed the Tulkarem-area villages of Anabta, Seida, Illar, Qaffin and Deir Al-Ghusun in the north, as well as Nur Shams Refugee Camp and Ramin in the east and Kafr Abbush in the south.

Forty-five-year-old Sheikh Qassem Tawfiq Khader, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad, was seized in Deir Al-Ghusun. Ihab Damiri was taken from the city of Tulkarm, 25-year-old Mohammad Jeitawi from Nur Shams and 24-year-old Aziz Tu’mah from Qaffin.

Also, 22-year-old Hassan Abu Kamlah and 23-year-old Jasser Wahdan, both from Anabta, were abducted along with Mohammad Seifi from Kafr Abbush and 23-year-old Mustafa Zeidan from Ramin, the Palestinian sources told Ma’an.

Israeli patrols reportedly withdrew early on Tuesday, leaving scorched and bullet-ridden homes behind.

On Monday, Israeli forces seized over 50 Palestinians from across the West Bank, at least 20 of which were from Ramallah.