In an unusually broad series of raids ending on Thursday morning, the Israeli army carried out at least seven arrests and demolished several buildings in the West Bank.
Israeli troops arrested 21-year-old Islam Za’el Khalf, from the village of al-Shawawra near Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, after raiding his home on Thursday morning.
Official Palestinian news wire Wafa reported an Israeli military raid in Hebron, resulting in the arrest of Ahmed Abdulkarim al-Awiwi, 28, and Abduljabar al-Karki, 47. In the nearby village of al-Samu’, soldiers also arrested 22-year-old Ahmed Mohammed al-Daghameen. All three were taken to an unknown location.
Hebron locals also told Wafa that a settler had hit 7-year-old Ahmed Shukri Jaber in the al-Baq’a neighborhood, in the east of the city near Kiryat Arba settlement.
In the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli forces arrested three Palestinians: Imad al-Tanbour, 24, Munir Najeh al-Masri, age unknown, and Abdullah Dweikat, a 22-year-old student at the Engineering College at al-Najah University.
In a clash at the entrance to the refugee camp of al-Arroub, between Bethlehem and Hebron, eyewitnesses told Wafa that settlers opened fire on Palestinians, wounding 15-year-old Ahmed Yusef Abu Ghazi in his right foot.
Clashes were also reported in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where Israeli forces raided a number of homes. Both tear gas canisters and sound bombs were used, according to local sources reporting to PNN correspondent Maysa Abu Ghazala.
The Wadi Helwa Information Center reported that Israeli troops set up checkpoints around Silwan and the neighboring area of Ras al-Amoud that evening.
Confrontations between settlers, soldiers, and Palestinians were also reported in Sheikh Jarrah, resulting in one wounded Palestinian.
Israeli bulldozers destroyed houses in the village of al-Aqba in the northern Jordan Valley and dug up some of the village’s streets, including the western entrance and a street near the demolished house named Peace Street.
Witnesses say that bulldozers destroyed the houses of Khalid Subeih after troops surrounded the area to prevent people and journalists from getting closer.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad condemned the demolitions in al-Aqba.
"Our people are determined to live on their land," said Fayyad. "We are resilient and we will survive."
Israeli soldiers also raided houses in Shu’fat refugee camp, al-Dahyeh and Ras al-Khamis in the center of East Jerusalem. The raids came after a shooting incident near the Israeli army checkpoint at the camp entrance.
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