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Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians, including Hamas leader, during overnight raids

June 9, 2017 11:02 A.M. (Updated: June 9, 2017 5:19 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least six Palestinians, including a Hamas leader, during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Thursday and Friday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Abd al-Khaleq al-Natsheh, a leader of the Hamas movement, in his home in the Jabal al-Rahma neighborhood of Hebron City at dawn on Friday.

Israeli soldiers also confiscated al-Natsheh’s private vehicle during the raid, which was filmed by a neighbor.

The footage shows al-Natsheh being taken away by several soldiers, while others drive off in a civilian vehicle -- presumably al-Natsheh’s -- as a female relative watches on.

According to Ma’an documentation, al-Natsheh was last detained in 2013, and spent more than a year in Israeli custody under the country’s highly contested policy of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

Locals added that another Palestinian was also detained in Jabal al-Rahma during the overnight raid, whom they identified as Dirar Abu Munshar.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained two young Palestinians, identified as Nadi and Harun al-Jaabari, following an altercation in the al-Ras neighborhood of Hebron City late on Thursday.

The sources added that Israeli soldiers assaulted the two Palestinians before detaining them for interrogation.

Hebrew-language media meanwhile reported that the two allegedly attempted to assault a soldier, adding that Israeli forces then fired in the air.

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed three overnight detentions in the city of Hebron, all of whom they said were “Hamas operatives,” and told Ma’an that they would look into the reports of the al-Jaabaris’ detention.

The spokesperson also said two other Palestinians were detained in the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya in the Nablus district, adding that they too were alleged Hamas members.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of May, 490 of whom were held in administrative detention.
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