Army and Settlers Invade, Raid Various Areas in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem
Monday April 07, 2014 16:41 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
Several kidnapped, property damaged and destroyed
Israeli military vehicles, Monday, infiltrated Gaza borders to the east of Rafah and al-Maghazi camp, according to local sources.
Israeli military vehicles stationed at the military base of ‘Kesofim’, located to the east of Deir Al Balah, went nearly 200 meters into agricultural land in Deir Al balah and Al Maghazi amidst gunfire, razed land and set up earth mounds.
Meanwhile, WAFA reports that Israeli military bulldozers and tanks, stationed at the military base of ‘Nahal Oz’, went several hundreds of meters into lands to the east of Gaza city.
They raided and razed land to the east of Al Shajaʻiya neighborhood as helicopters and spy reconnaissance aircraft hovered above them.
Also on Monday, Israeli settlers grazed their sheep on Palestinian-owned land to the east of Yatta, near Hebron, according to Coordinator of Anti-settlement National Committee Ratib al-Jabour.
Jabour said that settlers from the Israeli settlement of Susia, illegally built on Palestinian land, grazed their sheep on over five-dunum land planted with winter crops, causing damage to crops.
Jabour condemned the systematic Israeli forces and settlers’ attempts to vandalize Palestinian-owned farmlands in order to displace Palestinians as a prelude for settlement expansion.
Furthermore WAFA reports that Israeli forces demolished an industrial facility, as well as notified to demolish two others, in the villages of Barta’a and Dahr Al-Abed to the southwest of Jenin, according to local sources.
Tawfiq Qabaha, head of Barta’a village council, said Israeli army bulldozers demolished a stone cutting factory belonging to a local resident and declared the area a closed military zone.
The army handed another resident of Barta’a a notice regarding their intent to demolish his car repair shop under the pretext that it was constructed without a permit. The forces seized the equipment of the shop.
Army forces, meanwhile, stormed a charcoal factory in the nearby village of Dahr Al-Abed, confiscating more than 200 tons of wood used for charcoal production. They also served a notice to demolish the factory.
Governor of Jenin district, Talal Dweikat, condemned the “aggressive policy of the occupation,” calling upon the international organizations to uphold their legal responsibility and curb the “destructive” Israeli policies of the lives of the Palestinians and the Palestinian economy.
In another incident, on Monday, Israeli forces demolished a shed belonging to a local resident in Shuweika, on the outskirts of Tulkarm, according to the owner.
Khaled Mihdawi, the owner, said that large forces cordoned off the area and imposed a curfew before demolishing the room, whose owners had been notified about the procedure.
Israeli forces previously seized land belonging to Mihdawi for the expansion of the apartheid wall.
Israeli forces, on Monday, kidnapped five people in the West Bank, in addition to three others in Jerusalem, according to reports by local and security sources.
In Bethlehem, security sources said that Israeli forces stormed Aida refugee camp in the predawn hours, taking with them two youth, ages 26 and 19, after raiding their homes.
Occupation forces served two other youth from the nearby villages of Al-Abidiya and Shawashreh with summons to appear for investigation before the Israeli intelligence, in Gush Etzion. They also broke through the village of Wad Fukin, to the west of Bethlehem, and searched several houses, yet no kidnappings were reported.
Meanwhile in Hebron, Israeli forces stormed the village of Beit Ummar and abducted two youth, in their twenties, after conducting a search campaign in the village.
Forces also raided the town of Yatta, to the south of Hebron, storming and searching several homes. They also set checkpoints in many villages in Hebron district, causing a traffic jam.
In Tulkarm district, forces stormed Nur Shams and kidnapped a 26-year-old after storming his home.
In Jerusalem, Israeli police took three youngsters in the old city after raiding their homes in Wad Al-Mufdi Avenue, adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque. Police also broke through the South African community headquarters in Jerusalem in an attempt to abduct a youngster, according to witnesses.
In a related context, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) on Monday revealed that the Israeli authorities issued 38 administrative detention orders during March 2014.
According to the Palestinian News Network, the PPS said that Israel issued administrative detention orders against 18 prisoners for a period of six months, 11 prisoners for four months, five prisoners for three months, two prisoners for two months, and two other prisoners for five months.