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Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians, former hunger-striking prisoner, in raids

Nov. 13, 2017 4:23 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2017 4:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians, including a former hunger-striking prisoner, during overnight raids between Sunday and Monday in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians from the Hebron district in the southern West Bank.

PPS identified them as Nizar Moussa Muhammad, Mahmoud Jibril Makhamreh, Samer Hussein al-Nahnush, Othman Ibrahim Murad, Abed al-Rahim Abed al-Aziz al-Rajabi, Abed al-Rahman Awad al-Sharabati, Muhammad Ishaq Maharmeh, Zuran Abu Qubeita and Amir Muhammad Abed al-Jawad Ikhalyyil.

Also in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Bethlehem district, Yousif Sabbah, Muhammad Nael Hamideh and Hussam Omar Abu Khalifeh.

In the central West Bank district of Salfit, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian “youth,” identified as Nabil Abdullah Ahmad, from the town of Kafr al-Dik.

Former prisoner and Islamic Jihad movement leader Tareq Qaadan, who underwent hunger strike while in prison, was detained from the Arraba town near Jenin in the northern West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed 14 detentions to Ma’an.

According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 166 search and arrest operations across the West Bank between October 24 and November 26.

Meanwhile, prisoners’ rights group Addameer recorded 6,198 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of October. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

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