Israel nabs 80 Palestinians over missing teenagers

Israel nabs 80 Palestinians over missing teenagers
Sun Jun 15, 2014 15:05:22

The Israeli regime’s troops have arrested 80 Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including lawmakers and political leaders.

The overnight mass arrests come as Israeli forces continue their search for three teenage boys who disappeared on Thursday evening from the Gush Etzion settlement in the occupied West Bank, Ma’an reported on Sunday.

Hamas sources said that at least 70 of the movement's leaders and supporters were detained across the West Bank, and troops and military vehicles continued to deploy across al-Khalil district in the southern West Bank on Sunday morning.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli troops carried out predawn raids in the towns of Sair, Taffuh, Beit Kahil, Bani Naim, Beit Ula, Dura, and Yatta in al-Khalil and carried out intensive inspections.

Israeli troops detained three Hamas-affiliated Palestinian lawmakers in the northern West Bank, who were identified as Muhammad Ghazal, Ahmad al-Hajj Ali and Husni al-Burini, along with many other supporters of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, said Hamas sources in Nablus.

Israeli forces also raided the city of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank and detained Palestinian lawmaker Abdul-Rahman Zeidan.

Israeli troops also broke into the home of lawmaker Fathi Qarawi. Qarawi said that Israeli soldiers raided his home at dawn and inspected all the rooms including a garage where he parks his car. He added that Israeli intelligence officers questioned all his children and handed a summons to his son, Hamza, who was at his university dormitories preparing for his final exams.

Israeli forces also stormed Tubas in the northern West Bank, detaining Palestinian figures Fazi Sawafta and Nadir Sawafta.

In Azzun village in Qalqiliya district in the north, Israeli forces detained Abdullah Shbeita, Amir Dahbour, and Nael Anaya in an arrest raid.

Israeli authorities claim the teenagers have been kidnapped by Palestinians. But Palestinian officials say they are cooperating with the search.


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