TULKARM, Saturday, Israeli forces on Saturday evening raided many homes and terrorized their residents in the city of Tulkarm, northern West Bank, in a step seen as a collective punishment measure against the city’s population, according to witnesses.
Soldiers raided homes and buildings under construction and conducted wide-scale searches while provoking sporadic clashes with residents.
Since today morning, Israeli army set up checkpoints on all of the city’s entrances and side roads, stopped cars, inspected their occupants and turned them back, preventing them from leaving the city to reach their work places or schools outside of it.
For almost a month, the city has been a target of almost daily raids and searches by the Israeli army under the pretext of pursuing Ashraf Na’alweh, 23, the main suspect in killing two Israeli settlers in the illegal Israel settlement of Barkan on October 7.
Army has distributed leaflets to the residents warning them against hiding Na’alweh and to turn him in. Na’alweh’s parents and sisters have been under constant harassment by the army ever since the incident.
Na’alweh’s mother, Wafaa, is currently detained in Israel, along with his sister, Fayrouz, 35, and brother, Amjad, 33. The three were arrested in an attempt to pressure Ashraf to turn himself in after all previous attempts to apprehend him have failed.
Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency