Israeli army detains 28 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem, demolishes a mosque

The Israeli army detained early this morning 28 Palestinians during raids at their homes in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, reported the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). In southern West Bank, the Israeli army demolished a mosque and a house

It said the army detained seven men from the Hebron district including Thayer Halahleh who spent several years in Israeli prisons, most of them in administrative detention without charge or trial and went on hunger strike for 78 days in 2012 to secure his release.

The army detained as well six Palestinians from the Jenin district and two from the Qalqilya area, both in the north of the West Bank, three from the Bethlehem district in the south of the West Bank and one from Sinjil village near Ramallah.

In addition, Israeli forces detained eight young Palestinians from Issawiyeh neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and one from Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem.

Mosque, house demolished in south of West Bank

The Israeli military authorities also today demolished a mosque and a house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.

Israeli army units used a bulldozer to destroy al-Ummah mosque in Jabal Jouhar south of Hebron city. The demolition included a water well used by the mosque, reported the head of the Hebron Waqf department Jamal Abu Arram, who said that the demolition came as a surprise to them and without a prior warning.

Waqf officials described the demolition of the mosque as an aggression against Muslim holy places and a provocation, as well as a crime against the right of Muslims to worship.

The army demolished as well a house that was still under construction in the same area.

The demolitions took place in Area C, which is under full Israeli military rule and where Palestinians say construction with a permit is impossible to get since Israel does not allow Palestinian development in Area C that makes up over 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank.