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Israeli forces detain Palestinian journalist near Ramallah

Jan. 6, 2014 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 4:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian journalist after raiding his home in Kafr Nima village west of Ramallah on Monday morning.

The media office of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front said 24-year-old Muhammad Omar al-Dik, a journalist who works in the office, was detained.

They added that al-Dik is a graduate student at Birzeit University and that he has an undergraduate degree in political science and media.

"Targeting Palestinian journalists on a regular basis by Israeli forces is an evidence to Israeli racism and oppression," said Husni Shilo, an official from the syndicate of Palestinian journalists.

He highlighted that the detention of al-Dik brings the number of Palestinian journalists currently jailed in Israel to 12.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said he was detained for participation in "illegal activities," but could not give any specifics.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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