IOF kidnap 25 Palestinians in Issawiya, Jerusalem


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday at dawn began an intense campaign against Palestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, detaining at least 25, the majority children, and summoning many others for questioning, local sources report.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), Israeli soldiers closed all roads leading to the neighborhood, and prevented Palestinian residents from entering or leaving it, while a military helicopter hovered overhead.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of a local popular committee, said to the local press that dozens of homes were stormed during the IOF raid, as Israeli officers ransacked their interiors and verbally abused their residents.

In addition, Issawiya’s local mukhtar, or village head, was summoned for questioning, while the IOF also stormed commercial stores for inspection and seized two vehicles without notifying their owners.

All kidnapped Palestinians were moved to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center and the police station in Salah eddin Street, in occupied East Jerusalem.

They have been identified as;

  1.  Mohammad Abed Ateyya, 15.
  2.  Ali Amjad Ali Ateyya, 15.
  3.  Hussein Abed Darweesh, 15.
  4.  Ahmad Yousef ‘Obeid, 15.
  5.  Yazan Khaled Ne’aji, 15.
  6.  Odai Ali Dirbas, 14.
  7.  Mohammad Thaer Suleiman, 15.
  8.  Firas Mahmoud, 17.
  9.  Ahmad Jamjoum, 13.
  10. Mahmoud Hijazi, 14.
  11. Mohammad Khaled Mahmoud, 12.
  12. Ahmad Ateyya, 19.
  13. Bashar Mahmoud, 17.
  14. Ahmad Mahmoud, 13.
  15. Yassin Sobeh, 21.
  16. Daoud Ateyya, 17.
  17. Monatser Jaber, 17.
  18. Ahmad Abu Khalaf, 13.
  19. Amir Mohammad Dari, 32.
  20. Mousa Darweesh, 21.
  21. Mahmoud Dirbas, 21.
  22. Mo’tasem Abu Ryala, 23.
  23. Khaled Mahmoud, 27.
  24. Wadea Abu al-Hummus, 22.
  25. Mahmoud Fayez Mahmoud, 22.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers distributed Arabic leaflets warning Issawiya’s residents against “disturbing the peace.”

The leaflet reminded Issawiya’s residents of punitive procedures already carried out in neighborhood, including mass detentions and the closure of the family home of Fadi Alloun, who was shot dead after he allegedly attempted to carry out a knife attack on October — an allegation his family strongly denies.


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