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Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians in West Bank raids

May 2, 2016 11:01 A.M. (Updated: May 2, 2016 7:21 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least eight Palestinians and confiscated a private car in predawn raids Monday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Locals told Ma’an Israeli forces stormed three villages in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron after midnight Sunday and detained three Palestinians from their homes.

One raid targeted the village of Surif in Hebron, where Israeli forces detained Jamil Ghneimat after ransacking his home while his family was sleeping.

Israeli forces also raided the village of Deir Samit and detained Shadi Riyad al-Huroub, locals said.

In the village of al-Shuyukh, Israeli forces ransacked a four-story residential building, searching for 41-year-old Walid Mahmoud al-Hasasna, a father of 12. Family members said Israeli forces inspected four apartments before they left at 4 a.m without being able to locate and detain al-Hasasna.

Witnesses also said Israeli forces detained Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Halayka and confiscated a private car he owns.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society identified in a statement on Monday five other detainees from Hebron as Mohammad Abd al-Hamed Tafish, 21, Awni Mustafa Ghneimat, Mumen al-Jabari, and Omar Ibrahim Eskafe, 25.

Israeli forces also detained Basel Hassan Marshoud from the Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Human right activist and Jerusalem resident Hassan al-Safdi, 25, was also detained at the Allenby border crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan.

Fifty-seven detentions were documented over the last three days including 43 detentions from Jerusalem -- most of whom were shortly released later -- and two female minors from Ramallah, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinians was detained south of Ramallah, one southwest of Bethlehem, and one in Hebron, during the overnight campaign.

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

The majority were detained in predawn detention raids carried out by the Israeli military, including in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords.

Such raids often lead to clashes between locals and Israeli military forces entering their communities, regularly resulting in injury and sometimes death of Palestinian residents.
Israeli forces ransack a building in the village of al-Shuyukh in Hebron. May 2, 2016 (MaanImages)

Israeli forces ransack a building in the village of al-Shuyukh in Hebron. May 2, 2016 (MaanImages)
Israeli forces raid the village of al-Shuyukh in Hebron. May 2, 2016 (MaanImages)

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