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Palestine: Six killed, 383 kidnapped, by Israeli army in January

2nd Feb 2014

By Saed Bannoura

IMEMC & Agencies: Saturday, The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers killed six Palestinians, wounded dozens of others, and kidnapped 383, in January of this year.

Ahrar said that five of the slain Palestinians are from the Gaza Strip, and one from the West Bank.
On January 3, the army fired shells into the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian identified as Adnan Abu Khater, 18.

On January 8, soldiers bombarded the Shuja’eyya neighborhood in Gaza city, killing one Palestinian identified as Mohammad al-Ejla, 32.

On January 22, two Palestinians, identified as Ahmad Za’anin, 21, and Mohammad Za’anin, 32, were killed by an Israeli shell in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

On January 24, one Palestinian identified as Bilal Oweida, 20, was killed by Israeli army fire in Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

On January 29, soldiers shot and killed one Palestinian identified as Mohammad Mubarak, 20, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, near Ramallah.

The Israeli attacks and violations also led to dozens of injuries in different parts of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Ahrar said that the army also kidnapped 383 Palestinians in January, and that most of the arrests took place in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

It added that the soldiers kidnapped 94 Palestinians in Hebron, 68 in Jerusalem, 62 in Bethlehem, 55 in Nablus, 26 in Jenin, 24 in Ramallah, 23 in Qalqilia, 12 in Jericho and the Jordan Valley, 9 in the Gaza Strip, 7 in Tulkarem, 2 in Salfit, and one in Tubas.

Three of the nine Palestinians kidnapped in Gaza are patients, and were taken prisoner at the Erez Israeli Crossing despite receiving Israeli permits to cross the terminal seeking medical attention.

The Ahrar center said that the army kidnapped seven Palestinian women in January, and released five of them later on.

The two who remained in detention are Deema Sawahra, 16, and Hanin Abu al-Hummus, 18, from occupied Jerusalem.

Furthermore, the Center reported that the army and settlers carried out more than 30 violations against the Palestinians, their lands, property and holy sites in January.

The attacks include burning a mosque, uprooting Palestinian farmlands and orchards, and stealing produce.

Former political prisoner, head of the Ahrar Center, Fuad al-Khuffash stated that Israel started the year with a new wave of violations and escalation, and that the number of detained Palestinians in rapidly increasing.

The army also continued the use of excessive force against local and international nonviolent protesters marching against the illegal Annexation Wall and settlements, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.

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