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4 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces in predawn raids

April 9, 2016 11:58 A.M. (Updated: April 29, 2016 3:19 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces launched multiple predawn raids across the occupied Palestinian territory Saturday detaining at least four Palestinians and delivering summons to others, locals and Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.

In the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin, Israeli forces ransacked a house in the village of Rummana and detained Nidal Sbeihat, according to Palestinian security sources.

Israeli forces also stormed Qalandiya refugee camp in the central West Bank district of Ramallah and detained Husam al-Ashhab.

In the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained a woman identified by local sources as Zeinat Uweida.

The sources added that Uweida was among a group of volunteers known in Arabic as the Murabitat (Murabitun for men) who often stay inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound with the aim of preventing groups of right-wing Jews from entering.

Another predawn detention raid was reported in the village of Qatanna northwest of Jerusalem. A young man was reportedly detained.

An Israeli army spokesperson later confirmed the detention in Qatanna and also reported another detention in the Ramallah district.

In Bethlehem district in the southern occupied West Bank, Israeli forces raided Ayda refugee camp and the town of al-Khader and delivered summons to Muhammad Mustafa Kanaan, Muhammad Riziq Salah, Hamza Issa Ghneim, and Nabil Suleiman Mousa.

Raids were also reported in Hebron district in the southern West Bank where Israeli forces delivered summons in Hebron city as well as the towns of Dura and Deir Samit.

The detentions come after seven women were detained Friday, with Israeli authorities issuing five of them months-long bans from entering Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli police on Friday also briefly detained a leading sheikh at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for alleged "incitement" after he addressed some 70,000 worshippers at the holy site.

As of February, at least 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons, 60 of them women, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recorded a weekly average of 94 search and detention operations in the occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of 2016.

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