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Israeli forces detain Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on his wedding day

Nov. 19, 2016 5:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 8:14 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided villages in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem early Saturday morning, detaining at least one Palestinian in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Head of the Jerusalem Detainees’ Committee Amjad Abu Asab told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the al-Fakhouri family home in the neighborhood of Bab al-Huttah in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem during the early morning hours and detained Abd al-Fattah al-Fakhouri, 31, before transferring him to interrogation with Israeli intelligence.

According to Abu Asab, al-Fakhouri was set to get married on Saturday, and had a pre-wedding party on Friday, just hours before he was detained.

Immediately following the pre-wedding party, the wedding photographer and his assistant were also detained at Herod’s Gate in the Old City.

Abu Asab said that al-Fakhouri was being interrogated by Israeli forces on Saturday at al-Qishla police station in the Old City about Friday night's pre-wedding party.

On Sunday, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a Palestinian groom had been detained because Hamas flags had been waved during the wedding festivities.

Meanwhile, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces raided several houses in the early morning in the village of Beit Ummar, and summoned two former prisoners for interrogation.

Local media activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided his home and gave an interrogation summon to his son Ahmad, 19, adding that they had also summoned Khalid Khalil Abd al-Fattah Sabarnah, 22, for interrogations at the Etzion center on Sunday.

Awad added that both his son and Sabarnah were former prisoners released just three months ago.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the raids carried out in Hebron.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 185 military detention raids over the past two weeks.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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