IOF kidnap at least 30 Palestinians in overnight raids


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at least 30 Palestinians during raids in the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday, according to local and Israeli sources.

Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Palestinian communities in Hebron, searched homes and kidnapped five Palestinians.

Three of them were identified as Mohammad Abu Hadeed, Nasr Abu Hadeed, and Hajj Abu Maher al-Badawi from Hebron. According to local sources, before kidnapping them, the IOF invaded and searched their homes, in addition to interrogating their family members.

The IOF also kidnapped Yacoub Za’areer, 35, and Khalid al-Jondi, from their homes in the Sammoa and Yatta towns, south of Hebron.

In Jenin District, the IOF raided the villages of Qabatiya and al-Araqa, kidnapping six Palestinians. Three of those kidnapped in Qabatiya were identified as Muhammad Jamal Hanaysheh, Muhammad Omar Sabaaneh and Muhammad Alawneh.

In Ramallah, a teenager identified as Muhammad Omar Nakhleh from al-Jalazun refugee camp was also kidnapped.

In Bethlehem, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, four Palestinians.

One of them, identify as Yousef Na’im Ghneim, 31, was kidnapped from his home in al-Khader town. Two others were both Palestinian workers, also from al-Khader, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Mousa and Mohammad Adel Issa. They were kidnapped in Jerusalem, allegedly for not carrying work permits.

A fourth resident was kidnapped on the Container Roadblock. He was identify as Marwan Mohammad Khalifa, 34.

In al-Araqa village, the IOF kidnapped a man identified as Akrama Abdullah Nay.

In Qalqilya 14 Palestinians were kidnapped during night raids in the district. According to an IOF spokesperson, at least six of those kidnapped were relatives of 22-year-old Bashar Masalha, who was shot dead by the IOF on Tuesday after he stabbed and killed an American tourist in Jaffa.

In Nablus, four Palestinians were kidnapped. Locals identified three of the detainees as Salah Omar al-Jawhari, Ahmad Issam Faqih and Asem Fathi Faqih.

Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons and up to 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lives, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.


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