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Israeli forces detain 12 overnight

May 25, 2011 12:37 P.M. (Updated: May 25, 2011 8:39 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians from the West Bank overnight, to be "transferred for security questioning," according to a military statement.

Palestinian sources, however, said four were detained in raids on Nablus, while four were taken from homes in Jericho and five from the southern West Bank regions of Hebron and Bethlehem.

In Nablus, officials identified one of the four detained as Mohammad Hasen Ali Khatib, 26, a member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Khatib was taken from his home in the Al-Ain refugee camp west of Nablus.

While Khatib's family says he was granted amnesty by Israel ten months ago, PA officials say there is no record of such a deal.

Amnesty is granted under a deal between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, which sees former fighters sign declarations of non-violence and hand in their weapons. As they wait for Israel's agreement to the declaration, the former fighters live under Palestinian Authority protective custody in prison. Upon their release they are supposed to be safe from pursuit.

Local sources said an undercover unit of the Israeli military raided the camp, entering the man's home.

Others detained from the northern West Bank included Fares Mahmoud Natour from Zawata village, west of Nablus, after Israeli forces raided his home in the early morning.

Saed Abdullah, a disabled man from the village of As-Sura and 20-year-old Muthni Ishtayeh, an An-Najah University student from Tel Al-Gharbi were also detained in the Nablus area, Palestinian sources said.
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