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Undercover forces shoot Palestinian, detain 19 in West Bank raids

Feb. 2, 2016 11:57 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 1:12 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Undercover Israeli forces shot and injured a young Palestinian man and detained 19 throughout the occupied West Bank during predawn military raids on Tuesday.

A Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities, Ghassan Daghlas, told Ma’an that a squad of six undercover Israeli officers stormed a mobile phone shop in the village of Qabalan near Nablus and confiscated a desktop computer and a tablet.

During the raid, the forces shot a Palestinian identified as Yousif Shahrour in the foot before detaining him and two others, identified as Samir al-Aqra and Abd al-Latif, Daghlas said. He added that the three were taken to a station in the illegal Ariel settlement.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that three Palestinians were detained south of Nablus for suspected involvement with the Hamas movement, adding that they were unaware of reports that a detainee had been shot.

Israeli military forces also raided the Nablus-area village of Jammain and ransacked the home of Amjad Sukkari, a PA officer who was killed after shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint near Ramallah on Sunday.

Daghlas told Ma’an that engineers took measurements of Sukkari’s home in preparation for its demolition, in line with an Israeli policy of punitive demolitions for the homes of Palestinians who carry out attacks or are suspected of carrying attacks on Israelis.

In the southern area of the city of Nablus, forces also stormed and searched student dorms of Al-Najah University, Daghlas added.

Separately, Palestinian Sahir Nasasra from the village of Beit Furik near Nablus and Suhayb al-Ashqar from Sayda in the Tulkarem district were detained, locals told Ma’an.

East of Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers raided the towns of Abu Dis and al-Eizariya, detaining 11, identified as Muhammad al-Mukahhal, Muhammad Yazid Hamdan, Ali Faroun, Abdullah Shatara, Amir Shatara, Muhammad Shatara, Mustafa al-Yasini, Marwan Bassa, Nayif al-Khatib, Ashraf al-Yasini and Ali Ayyad.

In the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, Bilal Salah, Mansour Atiyeh, and Khalil Khalid Salah were also detained, according to locals.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a total of 15 had been detained in the West Bank, including the three “Hamas operatives” south of Nablus.

According to Israeli police, one of those detained in the West Bank was taken in for questioning after police and army forces raided the suspect’s home in the al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that forces seized a weapons cache that included rifles, handguns, ammunition, a stolen vehicle, drugs including hashish and “Mr. Nice Guy,” forged 10 shekel coins as well as two safes full of money.

The nineteen detained early Tuesday join nearly 7,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli jails, many of whom were detained during the near-daily raids carried out by Israeli military forces on Palestinian towns and villages.

Such raids are often carried out in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction and frequently lead to clashes between Palestinian residents and military forces.
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