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Israeli forces round up 36 Palestinians after West Bank clashes

Sept. 30, 2015 11:55 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2015 12:58 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 36 Palestinians across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank overnight Tuesday a day after violent clashes took place across the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld said 13 Palestinians were detained in East Jerusalem in overnight police operations.

He said that all detainees were "involved in recent disturbances in and around the Old City of Jerusalem."

A lawyer for Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, Muhammad Mahmoud, told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

He identified them as Ayoub Abu Asab, Sari Mahmoud, Ahmad Abdullah Mahmoud, and Yousif Tariq Darweesh.

In the al-Thawri area of Silwan neighborhood, the lawyer said that Israeli forces detained another four Palestinians -- Akram Hassouna, Yousif and Mousa abu Mayyaleh, and Muhammad Abu Gharbieh.

He was unable to identify the other detainees.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said it had detained 23 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank -- three in Jenin, five in Nablus, 11 in Ramallah and four in Bethlehem.

An Israeli army spokesperson said the five Palestinians detained in Nablus were "Hamas operatives."

She would not say whether the other detentions were related to Tuesday's clashes across the West Bank. She said they were detained for "illegal activity," but added: "I don't know when the illegal activity was committed."

She added that a weapons cache of 11 explosive devices and two shotguns had been found south of Jenin.

At least 18 Palestinians were injured on Tuesday when Israeli forces suppressed demonstrations across the West Bank that were held in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The demonstrations followed sporadic clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, with tensions heightened as Jews celebrated the Sukkot holiday.

At least 22 Palestinians were injured on Monday during clashes at the holy site, with further clashes expected in coming days.
spb / usa
they can all be freed into Syria
30/09/2015 13:02
peter / st andrews
consolidate what you can,
I see only a capital presence and dedicated roadway access.
06/11/2015 19:41
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