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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians overnight in Hebron, Ramallah

May 22, 2016 5:54 P.M. (Updated: May 22, 2016 9:30 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians from the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Hebron on Sunday during predawn raids, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement on Sunday that three Palestinians were detained in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah-Al-Bireh. The organization identified them as Rami Fawwaz Hamayel, 28, and Muhammad Hamid Abu Murra, 24, both from the village of Khirbet Abu Falah, and Ihsan Jamal Abu Rabi, 24, from al-Mazraa al-Qibliya.

In the southern district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Sharif Hassan, 24, and Rafiq Tawfiq Abu Afifa, 39.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that two suspected Hamas operatives were detained overnight -- one in Ramallah and one in Hebron.

Israeli forces carry out overnight detention raids on a near-daily basis in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. A weekly average of over 90 search and detention operations have been carried out in the occupied Palestinian territory since the start of 2016, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons. Addameer estimates that 40 percent of the male Palestinian population has been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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