IOF arbitrary arrests targeting Palestinian civilians, non-violent demonstrators

IOF arbitrary arrests targeting Palestinian civilians, non-violent demonstrators.


BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Two Palestinian young men were arrested by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at dawn Monday following break-ins into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Other arrests followed as a peaceful solidarity rally was attacked by IOF in al-Khalil.

Local sources told PIC correspondent the Israeli army attacked citizens’ homes and ransacked them after an abrupt break-in into the Aida refugee camp. Two young men, Motassem Abu Khadhir, 22, and Ali Abu Sourour, 17, were arrested and carried to an unidentified destination.

IOF invaded Doha town in Bethlehem and raked through the streets, the sources further documented.

In a related context, IOF came down heavily on Palestinian citizens on Sunday at the Container checkpoint east of Bethlehem, where vehicles and civilians’ IDs were inspected.

In a related event, IOF attacked a solidarity march staged by Beit Ummar natives and the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement on Sunday evening north of al-Khalil in solidarity with the Palestinian administrative hunger strikers, who have been without food for 26 days in a row.

According to eye-witnesses, Israeli soldiers denied the peaceful protestors the right to rally in the main street located between al-Khalil and Bethlehem and forced them out. Tear gas canisters were thrown at the non-violent demonstrators while three civilians, including a foreign activist, were arrested after having been heavily beaten by IOF.

“May and Malh” (“Water and Salt”) flyers were disseminated by activists from the Palestinian Center for Studies to the citizens and taxi-drivers in al-Khalil, where a great appreciation was revealed regarding such a solidarity move.


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