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Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians across the West Bank

March 31, 2016 12:10 P.M. (Updated: March 31, 2016 3:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians in overnight raids Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement that Israeli troops detained three brothers, identified as Iyad, Jihad, and Muhammad Fakhri Barhoum from the city of Ramallah, as well as brothers Hisham and Sami Khamis Abu Lafah from the al-Amaari refugee camp near Ramallah.

The statement added that six Palestinians were detained in the Jenin district, identified as Taher Jawad Badarneh, 22, Muhammad Jamal Umour, 22, Hussein Ali Rabayaah, 25, Noor Muhammad Hamarsheh, and brothers Firas, 20, and Hussein Hamzeh Hirzallah, 23.

Local sources told Ma’an that all six were detained in the village of Yaabad.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society also identified two Palestinians detained in the Nablus district as Saleem Muhammad Hirzallah, from the al-Ain refugee camp, and Abdullah Muhammad Hajj Muhammad from the town of Talfit.

Local sources told Ma’an that a Palestinian, identified as Jihad Sweidan, was detained in the village of Azzun in the district of Qalqiliya.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 16 Palestinians had been detained overnight. She listed five detained near Tulkarem, one detention in the village of Meithalun south of Jenin, one in Azzun in the Qalqiliya district, one in Hebron, and one in the Nablus area.

She also mentioned seven detentions in the district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, with four people detained in Ramallah city, two near Ramallah and one in the village of Beit Liqiya.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, at least 7,000 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of February. The organization estimates that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been arrested at some point.
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