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Israeli forces detain 26 across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem

Feb. 4, 2016 2:09 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 3:40 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 27 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during raids on Thursday, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society and locals said.

The society said in a statement that Israeli forces detained three 13-year-old children from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. Three were identified as Hamza Abdullah, Muhammad Thaer Farhan and Qassam Shehada.

In Qalandiya refugee camp, just outside of Ramallah city in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained eleven Palestinians during raids in the camp.

The eleven were identified as Jihad al-Zaatri,14, Kahlid Abu Ghoush,15, Abed Abu Sayma, 15, Muhammad Ahmad Dari,17, Saed Rukon, 18, Nour Shalabi, 18, Mousa Derar Darwish, 20, Ali Bader, 22, Mousa Dari, Muhammad Jaber and Muhammad Ghrouf.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on the raid. 

In the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians identified as Ahmad Abd al-Afo Nazzal, Thaer Muhammad Abu Ghurab, Ahmad Rashid Abd al-Jaleel, Tariq Ahmad Kameel and Hussam Dhoun.

In Halhul, a small village just ouside Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, the PPS said Israeli forces detained four Palestinians identified as Haitham Khalil Ayyad, Hani Masalmah and Muhammad Ahmad al-Fakhouri.

In Jericho, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Kahlil al-Sheikh Ibrahim, 26, from Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, the largest camp in the West Bank.

A man from the Tulkarem district, identified as Taha Hassan Elimi, was also detained in the Jericho district as he went through Allenby border crossing on his way home from Jordan.

Not included in the PPS statement, locals said a man identified as Khalid Atta Adawi, 30, from Qusra village in Nablus was detained during an Israeli military raid of the village.

Locals said Israeli soldiers also raided a municipal council hall in Qusra, broke the main door, interior lighting and did a full search of the hall.

The 27 detained on Thursday joined the nearly 7,000 Palestinians currently being held in Israeli jails, many of whom were detained during the near-daily raids carried out by Israeli military forces on Palestinian towns and villages.

Such raids are often carried out in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction and frequently lead to clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli military forces.
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