Israeli military searching and detaining Palestinian males
in the area around Checkpoint 29.
The military had closed checkpoint 29
and 209 meaning
CPT could not enter the area. However the team observed
between 35-40 soldiers as well as several support vehicles
entering the neighbourhood beyond checkpoint 29. All
detained Palestinians where also taken into this
was unable to follow and does not
know what happened to
Israeli security forces have added random check points,
confiscated Palestinian housing units for patrol towers, and increased random
searches of Palestinians, ostensibly to provide security for settlers and
Jewish visitors to Hebron for the Jewish Holiday of Sukkoth.
Meanwhile, clashes also took place outside Checkpoints 209, which
CPT monitors as part of its school accompaniment, and 29 near the Ibrahimi
Mosque/Cave of Machpelah. To
prepare for the large influx of Jewish tourists, the Israeli military had moved
the roadblocks outside these two checkpoints approximately 200 meters further
down the road and re-directed Israeli tour buses down this route. This move effectively enlarged area H2
under Israeli military control and disrupted life for hundreds of Palestinians.
Clashes started in the morning around these checkpoints as
Israeli soldiers fired rounds of tear gas, sound bombs, and rubber-coated metal
bullets onto the streets for several hoursâ€”lasting until dark.
Soldiers injured several Palestinians, including some shot during
clashes in Bab iZaweyya, the economic center of Hebron just outside of the Old
As the night progressed, soldiers shut down checkpoints 29
and 209 completely, detaining and arresting several groups of Palestinians
around the area. They also
prevented human right observers from monitoring the escalations between
Israelis and Palestinians.
Soldiers took the Palestinians they detained to areas where
human rights observers could not enter.