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Israeli forces detain 12 in West Bank, East Jerusalem raids

May 6, 2016 1:58 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2016 6:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out overnight raids on Thursday, detaining at least 12 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Local sources told Ma’an that raids were carried out in the village of al-Mazraa al-Sharqiya northeast of Ramallah, detaining three Palestinians identified as Hashim and Omar Abd al-Qadr Hijaz, and Khalid Tawfic Saad.

Israeli forces also raided the home of Muhammad Abd al-Nasir Hammad, 17, in the town of Silwad northeast of Ramallah, and summoned him to meet with Israeli intelligence.

Israeli forces detained Amir al-Turabi and Zakariya al-Turabi from Sura village west of Nablus, according to Palestinian security sources, both of whom had previously spent more than 10 years in Israeli prison.

Further to the north, Israeli forces detained Alaa Ahmad Jabarin from the village of al-Taybeh, west of Jenin.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians, Wadi Qassas and Amro Hadush from al-Arroub refugee camp, were detained in the north of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Palestinian security sources said a raid was also carried out on Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem where Israeli forces detained a 36-year-old woman, Rania al-Abbasi, whose husband is currently being held in Israeli prison.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that an additional two Palestinians were detained in Bethlehem and one in Tulkarem. Palestinian sources did not provide details on the cases.

Four of those detained overnight are facing allegations of being Hamas operatives, while the rest were detained for suspected “illegal activities,” an Israeli army spokesperson said.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons. The organization estimates that around 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained at some point in their lives.
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