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Israeli forces detain 22 in overnight raids across West Bank, Jerusalem

Feb. 8, 2016 11:15 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 11:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli and Palestinian sources told Ma’an.

Local sources told Ma'an that at least four Palestinian minors from East Jerusalem were detained by Israeli security forces. They were identified as Mahdi Abu Assab,13, Abdullah Jolani,15, Muhammad Salaymah,15, and Omar Muna,17.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they had detained 18 people overnight, including three people in Tulkarem, and three in Huwwara south of Nablus.

Local sources identified on of the Tulkarem detainees as Wael Khalil Hali, and two of those detainees from Huwwara as Izz al-Din Shehadeh and Muhammad Odeh.

The Israeli army also said it had detained two Palestinians in Qabatiya south of Jenin -- identified by Ma’an as Muhammad Kamil and Muhammad Abu al-Rub -- and one near al-Jalama north of Jenin.

Qabatiya has been the site of serious tensions in the past week after Israeli security forces implemented a three-day blockade of the village.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had denounced the siege as “collective punishment” after three youths from Qabatiya killed an Israeli border police officer in Jerusalem. The blockade has since been lifted, but Israeli authorities have since revoked the work permits of a number of Qabatiya residents

The Israeli army spokesperson also said six people had been detained in the Bethlehem area, notably citing two detentions in the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem -- identified by Ma’an as Jamil Malash and Muhammad al-Dibs -- and one south of Bethlehem.

Another three people were detained in the village of al-Khader west of Bethlehem, identified as Mujahid Dadu and Rami Abu Hammad.

One person was detained in the village of Surif north of Hebron, and another, Hatem Ahmad Sweti, in Beit Awwa west of Hebron.

Meanwhile, the Israeli spokesperson said two “Hamas operatives” were detained from the Qalandiya refugee camp and south of Qalqiliya.

Sources identified the two men as Atef Mteer from Qalandiya and Zuhdi Abdullah from the village of Deir Ballut.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 6,800 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of December, at least 660 of them in administrative detention.

Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, often on the pretext of perceived security threats. Addameer estimates that around 40 percent of the Palestinian male population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has been detained at some point.
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