IOF kidnap 17 Palestinians in Jerusalem, Tuesday at dawn


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) invaded on Tuesday at dawn several Palestinian neighborhoods and towns in occupied east Jerusalem, broke into and violently searched dozens of homes and kidnapped 17 Palestinians, including children, according the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic).

Silwanic stated that many former Palestinian political prisoners are among the kidnapped ones.  It added that the IOF stormed and violently searched the homes of the kidnapped Palestinians, in addition to using military dogs.

Amjad Abu Asab, head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, stated to local press that the IOF in addition to kidnapping 17 Palestinians also delivered summons to several Palestinians for interrogation.

He said this kidnapping raid was likely executed as the Israeli authorities prepare for upcoming Jewish holidays, which are often accompanied by increased restrictions on Palestinians.

The kidnapped Palestinians were taken to a number of Israeli military detention and interrogation centers in occupied Jerusalem.

They were identified as:

1. Thaer Zghayyar.
2. Thaer Abu Sbeih.
3. Laith Gheith.
4. Ahmad Shaweesh.
5. Nour Shalabi.
6. Laith Shalabi.
7. Amjad Ghrouf.
8. Raed Ghrouf.
9. Waleed Tuffaha.
10. Amir Balbeesy.
11. Omar Za’anin.
12. Mahmoud Najeeb.
13. Rawhi al-Kolghassi.
14. Bassam Hijazi
15. Mohammad Abu Ghosha.
16. Abdullah Da’na.
17. Hamada Da’na.

On Monday at dawn the IOF has kidnapped fifteen Palestinians from different cities across the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).

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.

The group added that this number included 670 under administrative detention.