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Drug cultivation, trafficking on the rise in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian police said that it seized different types of drugs worth 60 million Israeli shekels ($16.5 million) in the various provinces between the beginning of January and mid-March. Speaking to Al-Monitor, Palestinian police spokesman Lt. Col. Luay Irzikat said that drug cultivation and trafficking has increased in the …

Gaza’s red poison

Fatima’s marriage started to fall apart in its early days. Her husband began selling her jewelry, claiming that he was raising funds to set up a small shop. It soon transpired that he needed the money to buy a drug called Tramadol. “I didn’t know at first that my husband …

PA forces arrest 2 ‘top fugitives’ in Jericho

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces arrested two men described as “top fugitives” in Jericho on Sunday evening.An official PA security source confirmed to Ma’an that two residents of the Nablus-area refugee camp of Balata — identified as Muhammad al-Masmi, also known as al-Nus, and Mahmoud Abu Siris, …

Police spokesman injured during family brawl in Gaza City

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Police spokesman in the Gaza Strip Ayman al-Batneiji was stabbed and wounded on Saturday evening while police attempted to disperse a family brawl in the al-Shujaiyya neighborhood in Gaza City, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in Gaza said in a statement.Al-Batneiji was stabbed in the chest. …