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Journalist among 22 detained by Israel in overnight raids

March 9, 2016 6:06 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2016 1:25 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians, including a journalist, in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday.

In the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, soldiers broke into the home of Sami al-Saee, a journalist with New Dawn radio station, at around 3 a.m. before detaining him. It was unclear what charges he had been arrested on.

Israeli forces also detained 29-year-old Mutasin Bellah Abdullah Jroush from Tulkarem.

Elsewhere in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in Qalqiliya district, identified as Bilal Saed Sawwan and Naim Abdul-Latif Ghanem, and another four Palestinians from Jenin.

These were identified as brothers Raja, Ayed and Younis Qabha, from Jenin's Bartaa village, and Ahmad Nasri Qasim.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained one unidentified man from Qatanna village, and in Bethlehem, to the south, another four Palestinians.

These were named Rabee Raqaban, Khalil Arafeh, and Muhammad al-Seifi from Duheisha refugee camp, and Qusai Abu Salim from the nearby town of Doha.

In Jericho district, in the West Bank's east, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians identified as Jibreel Ibrahim and Khalid Abdul-Aziz Safi.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that three Palestinians were detained in Jenin district, three in Nablus, two in Tulkarem, one in Ramallah, and five in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, in occupied East Jerusalem's al-Issawiya village, Israelis forces detained seven Palestinians identified as Shadi Hamdam, Momen Basil Mahmoud, Yazan Muhammad Abu Asab, Mutasim Muhammad Abu Asab, Nadeem Abdo and Hamza Abu Rmeila.

Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons and up to 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lives, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

Israel has come under heavy criticism in the past for its use of arbitrary detention among Palestinians living under military occupation, in contravention of international law.
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