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Ministry: Israeli forces arrested 31 youths in second half of February

March 3, 2014 8:55 P.M. (Updated: March 4, 2014 3:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested 31 Palestinian children during the second half of February, in addition to injuring several others, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information.

In a report, the ministry recorded the details of the arrests of 31 Palestinians between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Palestinian territories between Feb. 16 and Feb 26.

The following is a list of the arrests, according to the report.

On Feb. 16, Israeli forces raided the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem and detained Muhammad al-Masri, 14, Muhammad Dari, 14, Yazen Abeed, 17, and 16-year-old Yousef Abeed.

On Feb. 17, Israeli forces raided Beit Ummar north of Hebron and detained Muhammad Awad, 17, Muhannad al-Alami, 16, and 16-year-old Naseem Abu Maria.

On Feb. 18, Israeli forces in Hebron detained Ahmad al-Rajabi, 17 and Mahmoud Abu Sanina, 15. Israeli soldiers also raided the village of Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah and arrested Basil al-Tameemi, 15, in addition to raiding Bethlehem and arresting 17-year-old Adil al-Harimi.

On Feb. 20, Israeli forces raided Dura in the Hebron district and arrested Muhammad Amro, 17. Meanwhile in Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya, Israeli forces arrested Bahaa Ishtawi, 16. In Gaza, Israeli forces arrested 18-year-old Ataa Fiyad.

On Feb. 21, Israeli forces in the Old City of Jerusalem arrested 13-year-old Iyad Aseela.

On Feb. 22, also in Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli forces arrested 18-year-old Muhammad al-Salayma. Meanwhile, in Beit Fajjar east of Bethlehem, Israeli forces arrested Muhammad Taqaataqa, 16, and 14-year-old Shaahin Shaahin.

On Feb. 23, Israeli forces arrested Muhammad Abu Rian, 17, and 18-year-old Ahmad Mansour in Halhul north of Hebron.

On Feb. 24, Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem and arrested 17-year-old Safwan Abu Sarour. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers in Hebron arrested Sufjan Hadeib, 16 and Yahya Quneibi, 18. Additionally, in the village al-Sawiya south of Nablus, Israeli forces arrested Issa Abu Antar, 18.

On Feb. 25, Israeli forces in Hebron arrested Muhammad al-Saada and Amer al-Rajabi, both 16. In Halhul, Israeli soldiers arrested Mohammed Abu Rayya and Mohammed Zamareh, both 17.

On Feb. 26, Israeli forces raided Azzun east of Qalqiliya and arrested Sinan Radwan, 18. In Deir Nidham, Israeli soldiers arrest Tamim Tamimi, 18. Additionally, at the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus, Israeli forces arrested Ayham Adela, 17.

According to the PA Ministry of Prisoners' affairs, there are 187 Palestinians under the age of 18 currently held in Israeli jails.

Some 5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of October 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

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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