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15 Palestinians detained, 1 suspected of attack on Israeli settler

Jan. 19, 2016 11:11 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2016 11:31 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Sixteen Palestinians were detained early Tuesday while a teen suspected of stabbing and killing an Israeli settler was also detained, Palestinian sources and the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian had been detained following an “extensive search operation” carried out jointly by Israeli security agency Shin Bet and the Israeli army.

The Palestinian was detained on suspicion of stabbing and killing 39-year-old Israeli woman Dafna Meir in her home in the illegal settlement of Otneil on Sunday, the spokesperson said.

A Palestinian was also shot dead the same day after the Israeli army said he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the Nablus district.

The suspect in the Otneil stabbing was identified by the Palestinian Prisoners' Society as 15-year-old Murad Ideis from the Hebron-district city of Yatta, east of the Otniel settlement.

The teen reportedly carried out the attack one day before a Palestinian stabbed and injured an Israeli woman inside of the illegal settlement of Tekoa.

The Israeli army in response to recent attacks implemented Tuesday morning a ban on Palestinian workers from entering illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Separately, 16 Palestinians were detained from across the occupied West Bank, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.

In the Nablus area, Israeli forces detained Ayman Muhammad Ahmad Odeh, 38, Ahmad Ata Warrad, 26, Zakariyya Mahir Hamayil, 20, Muhammad Ali Hussein Yasin, 20 and Eyhab Jihad Shaltaf, 20.

Further to the north, Israeli forces raided towns in the Jenin district, detaining Sayf Adnan Zeid al-Kilani, 22, Khalid Walid Atatra, 23, Jamil Salih Amarna, 31, and Abdullah Ahmad Hirzallah.

Meanwhile in the Hebron-area town of Beit Ummar, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the home of Arwad Muhammad Badran,18, and Ameer Muhammad Ikhlayel,19, before detaining the two.

Forces also raided the house of Muhammad Musleh Awad and summoned his son Omar, 25, to meet with Israeli intelligence, Awad added.

Detention raids were also reported in East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, identified as Muhammad Rishiq and Nidal Bazlamit, both 17 years of age.

Omar Samir Shalash, 24 was detained in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank as well as Wisam Isam Odeh, 18 from Tulkarem in the north, the group added.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a total of six Palestinians detained from the Nablus district as well as eight others from the Tulkarem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Hebron areas.

One detainee from Tulkarem was arrested on suspicion of involvement with Hamas, and all others were detained for “suspected illegal activity,” the spokesperson told Ma'an.
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