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Israeli raids on Gaza and arrests in the West Bank and Jerusalem

2019-02-28T11:05:05.104Z


Israeli occupation forces launched a series of raids on sites belonging to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in central Gaza, while the occupation forces arrested dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, including the governor of Jerusalem.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the warplanes targeted a number of sites belonging to Hamas in Gaza after an "explosive balloon" fired from the sector controlled by the movement, damaging a house.

"An inflatable balloon fired from the Gaza Strip damaged a house in Israel, apparently after it exploded in the air," the statement said.

Eyewitnesses in Gaza said the shelling lasted for a long time in the town of Deir el-Balah, south of Gaza City, late Wednesday.

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli occupying forces arrested 36 Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and in various parts of the West Bank, including the governor of Jerusalem and the former commander of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club told AFP that police arrested in Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith, lawyer Tariq Barghouth and 22 Palestinians, most of them from the Issawiya neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Israeli police announced the arrest of two people, one of whom was a "senior official of the Palestinian Authority," on suspicion of "forgery and falsification."

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Agence France-Presse that "they were arrested in the context of recent events" in the Haram al-Sharif, which includes the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

For his part, the Palestinian Prisoners Club said that the Israeli police, army and intelligence arrested the member of the Revolutionary Council of the National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Zakaria Zubaidi, former commander of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades during the second intifada.

Zubaidi received an Israeli amnesty, which he and a number of those pursued by Israel following Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

The club pointed out that the Israeli occupation forces arrested from Jerusalem over a week more than one hundred Jerusalemites against the backdrop of the Jerusalemites opened the chapel of Bab al-Rahma in the face of the occupation measures in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is tense, and arrests may lead to further unrest around the sensitive Temple Mount, and incidents between worshipers and members of the Israeli police have occurred in recent days.

Source: aljazeera

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