ISRAELI SOLDIERS PREVENT SHEPHERDS FROM GRAZING LIVESTOCK

HEBRON, Feb 25 – Israeli soldiers Tuesday chased off Palestinian shepherds to prevent them from grazing their livestock in Yatta locality to the south of Hebron, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the popular committee in southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jabour, said Israeli forces chased after shepherds in Khirbet At-Tawil, located near the Israeli settlement of Maon, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land in East Yatta, in an attempt to prevent them from entering the fields for the benefit of providing protection for settlers.

Forces further raided shepherds’ dwellings, causing financial damages to their contents.

In another development, Israeli forces detained early Tuesday nine Palestinians, including three ex-detainees and three minors, and summoned another from West Bank districts.

Israeli forces raided Qalandia refugee camp to the north of Jerusalem, where they broke into and ransacked several houses, triggering clashes with locals.

Israeli soldiers and snipers who took over the rooftops of several houses opened live fire on young men, who in turn hurled stones and empty bottles.

Four Palestinian ex-detainees were detained during the raid. They were identified as Hamada Abu Shalbak, Mahmoud al-Zeir, Yazan al-Khatib and Ahmad Zuheir. No injuries were reported however during the clashes.

Meanwhile, police detained three Palestinian minors after breaking into their families’ houses in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Director of the Jerusalem chapter of the Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) Naser Qawwas identified the minors as Mustafa, ‘Abud Abu Sneina and ‘Omar Ghnaim, all about 13 years old.

Meanwhile in Nablus district, forces raided Rujeib village to the south of the city, where they detained two brothers after breaking into their family’s house. PPC identified the detainees as Ahmad and Halabi al-Halabi.

In the meantime in Bethlehem district, forces raided Ad-Duheisha refugee camp, where they handed a Palestinian a notice summoning him to appear before intelligence.

Saleh al-J‘aidi, 19, was handed a notice to appear before Israeli intelligence in the military base of Gush Etzion.

SOURCE: WAFA