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Israeli forces detain brother of Duma attack victim, 12 others

April 4, 2016 12:23 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2016 7:48 P.M.)
(AFP/Saif Dahlah, File)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday detained the brother of Riham Dawabsha -- victim of a deadly arson attack in the village of Duma last year -- along with at least 12 other Palestinians in pre-dawn raids across the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops stormed Duma, to the south of Nablus, and detained Wisam Hussan Dawabsha, the brother of Riham Dawabsha who was killed along with her husband and 18-month-old son in a high-profile attack carried out by settlers last summer.

The Israeli army confirmed at least one arrest in Duma, but a spokesperson was unable to provide any further details on the reason.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources said that in Nablus city Israeli forces detained Hamas member Adnan Asfour -- who works as a lecturer in al-Najah University -- along with his son, Muntaster.

Israeli forces also stormed the home of Muhammad Hassan Miltiq from the village of al-Asira al-Shamaliya, seizing a computer and cell phone and summoning him to meet with Israeli intelligence.

In the town of Silwad in Ramallah district, Israeli forces detained Abd al-Rahim Bassam Hammad, and in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem district, Muhammad Rafat Abu Srour.

Israeli forces also detained Louay Habis al-Imour, 17, and Maled Jameel Abu Mfareh from the southern Bethlehem village of Tuqu.

The Israeli army confirmed at least 13 arrests across the occupied West Bank in overnight raids -- in the villages of Duma, Qalqiliya, Silwad, Jaba, Beitunia, Aida refugee camp, Tuqu, Idhna, and Hebron.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, and nearly 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained at some point in their lives.
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