Israel detains 13 Palestinians and prevents farmers from harvesting olives in West Bank

The Israeli army detained 13 Palestinians, including two brothers, a father and his son and a man and his wife, during raids early today at their homes in various parts of the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS). The Israeli forces also prevented today Palestinian farmers from harvesting their olive trees in the West Bank, according to the farmers.

It said four people were detained in the district of Hebron in the south of the West Bank, including two brothers and a father and his son.

Five others were detained in Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, including a man and his wife.

In Silwad in the Ramallah district, three people were detained.

A handicapped former prisoner, who had his leg amputated as a result of an injury from an Israeli army bullet early this century, was also detained in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank.

A Palestinian was also shot and injured today at an Israeli military checkpoint near the village of Zayta, to the north of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, said witnesses and medics.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at Abdul Salam Kittaneh, 25, from the Tulkarm-district village of Nazlat Issa, while trying to enter into Israel injuring him in the leg, said witnesses.

The army held Kittaneh for a while before handing him over to the Palestinian side.

Head of the Red Crescent in Jenin told WAFA that after handing Kittaneh over to the Palestinians, he was immediately taken to the Tulkarem hospital for treatment.

It is worth mentioning that a Palestinian identified as Ahmad Saabneh, from Fahma village near Jenin, was also injured yesterday from Israeli army gunfire at Bartaa military checkpoint.

Israeli forces prevent farmers from harvesting olives

Israeli forces today prevented Palestinian farmers from harvesting their olive trees in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, to the east of the occupied northern West Bank city of Qalqilya, according to the farmers.

Akef Juma, a farmer, told WAFA that the soldiers forced him and other farmers out of their lands located close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim under the pretext that the area is a closed military zone.

The olive harvest season, which has just started, is one of the most important for thousands of Palestinian household in the occupied territories whose income depends heavily on the success of this season.