Israeli occupation forces abducted 90-year-old Palestinian Ali al-Wahsh on Wednesday at dawn near occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Large number of Israeli occupation forces raided Al-Khader Neighbourhood near Bethlehem, broke into houses, searched them and damaged their furniture before abducting Al-Wahsh –two decades older than the Israeli occupation state.
Zakaria, one of Al-Wahsh’s sons, described the Israeli occupation’s raid, which lasted four hours, as “violent and barbaric.”
He added: “We have never thought that the Israeli occupation wanted to abduct the old man, who is the chief of Al-Ta’amra clan which existed in the West Bank and Jordan and one of the renown tribal judges in Bethlehem.”
Al-Wahsh has been abducted on numerous occasions by the occupation forces, most recently in 1992. He has 120 children and grandchildren.
During the abduction campaign, the Israeli occupation confiscated his personal pistol, which is licenced by the Palestinian Authority.
Al-Wahsh is being locked up in Gush Etzion detention centre in the south of Bethlehem and will appear in court today.
Commenting on the arrest, Hussein Abed-Rabbu, spokesman of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners, said: “Arresting Al-Wahsh proves that the Israeli occupation does not care about common values and is targeting the Palestinian social system.”
Israeli occupation forces abducted 20 other Palestinians along with Al-Wahsh.