On Tuesday, police remanded a former senior member of the National Security Council on suspicion of bribery offences, moneylaundering, breach of trust and fraud. Another suspect was also remanded on suspicion of involvement in the offences. The senior official promoted the affairs of a private businessman living abroad while serving in his previous role. In return he received bribes including favors and funds which were transferred to him or his family without reporting his connection to the businessman as required.
Israeli forces raided the home of the head of the Palestinian public prosecutor’s office before dawn on Thursday in the village of Jammain in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit. Ahmad Hannoun said that he was very surprised when Israeli forces cut off the electricity and raided his home at 2 a.m. Hannoun added that he was forced to let the Israeli troops inside his house after they threatened to blow up his front door. Once inside, one of the Israeli soldiers introduced himself as Officer Atta. The Israeli forces left the house without searching it or stating the reason of the raid, causing fear among Hannoun’s family members, including children, the Palestinian official said.
Israeli Occupation Forces weld-shut a Palestinian prisoner’s room in Yatta, southern Hebron Hills, and arrested 20 others from different areas. Local sources said that on Thursday after midnight, IOF broke into the family home of prisoner Younis Zain after surrounding it. Soldiers then weld-shut the prisoner’s room in the house by partially filling it with concrete, under the pretext of participating in plotting the Tel-Aviv shooting in which four Israelis were killed. After that, IOF arrested 20 Palestinians from their homes and on checkpoints and refugee camps around Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem areas.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Sunday, asked Defence Minister Farhat Horchani to head to Kasserine to visit the family of soldier Saïd Ghozlani, who was killed by a terrorist group last Saturday night. Chahed has also instructed the Minister of Justice to offer his condolences to the family members of the martyred soldier, an official source in the office of the Prime Minister told TAP. He also gave instructions to ensure that “no effort will be spared to find the terrorists responsible for this heinous act” and tasked Minister of Health, Samira Merai with providing psychological support to the victim’s family, said the same source. A terrorist group composed of 20 individuals stormed the soldier’s home located on the side of Mount Mghilla in the town of el-Khraïfiya (Kasserine) on Saturday at around 7 p.m. and gunned him down, a source in el-Khraïfiya who requested anonymity told TAP on Sunday morning. Saïd Ghozlani, a young soldier aged 26 with the rank of sergeant, has been stationed in Medenine (South) for two years. Heavy police and military reinforcements were deployed in the region. Extensive sweeping operations are conducted across the area in search for the terrorist group, said military sources.
Three Palestinians were wounded after being attacked by Israeli settlers on Saturday in the village of al-Janiya in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah. Israeli settlers “assaulted” and threw rocks at members of the Abu Fekheideh family while they were picking olives on their land in the al-Batha area of the village, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Talmon. Jaber Barakat Abu Fekheideh was critically injured in the head, while his brother Hasan and cousin Muhammad were reported as mildly wounded, though it remained unclear exactly what type of wounds they sustained. An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.