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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians in extensive predawn raids

April 5, 2016 10:22 A.M. (Updated: April 5, 2016 2:03 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces launched a wide-scale predawn detention campaign across the occupied Palestinian territory on Tuesday, detaining at least 21 Palestinians including local leaders of the Hamas movement, locals and Palestinian security sources said.

In the village of Deir Istiya in the northern West Bank district of Salfit, Israeli troops raided and detained Jihad Tawfiq Khalid, 30. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces thoroughly ransacked Khalid’s house, damaging its interior before they handcuffed him and took him into custody.

Palestinian security sources confirmed that Israeli forces detained two local Hamas leaders from the northern occupied West Bank. They were identified as Nazeeh Abu Oun from the village of Jaba in Jenin and Adnan Khader al-Husari from the Tulkarem refugee camp.

The sources added that Israeli forces detained Tamir Shawar Rimawi from the Beit Rima village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Ali Abu Se and Yazan Muqbill from al-Arrub refugee camp, Mahmoud Hmeidat from the village of Surif, Mahmoud Fawzi Amr and Mahmoud Badwan Ibeyush from Dura, and Wasim Jamal Bahar from Beit Ummar, Palestinian sources said.

In occupied East Jerusalem, locals said Israeli forces detained Iyad Ata Uweisat and Ahmad Aziz Uweisat from the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood and Abd al-Qadir Dari and Muhammad Abu Riyala from Al-Issawiya.

Abdullah Badir Abu Asab was detained in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City, and in the Hizma neighborhood, Israeli forces detained Adel Khader Jumaa, Abed Rabbo Ziad Kanan, Abed Faris Kanan, Sufyan Kanan, and Audah Abdullah Audah, Palestinian sources said.

Israeli troops also stormed the campus of al-Quds University in the occupied West Bank village of Abu Dis east of Jerusalem's Old City, damaging property. Locals said Israeli forces detained Ahmad Jamil Dandan in Abu Dis.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that three Palestinian were detained in Hebron, two in the Tulkarem district, one in Qalqiliya, nine in Ramallah, and six in the Bethlehem area, all for "illegal activities."

Since the beginning of 2016, Israeli forces have carried out a weekly average of 92 search and detention operations in the occupied Palestinian territory, according to The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israel is currently holding 7,000 Palestinians in its jails, according to prisoners' rights organization Addameer.
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