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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians including teenage girl in West Bank raids

May 16, 2016 5:46 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2016 9:46 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians, including a teenage girl, from multiple districts across the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday and early Monday morning.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that six Palestinians were detained in predawn detention raids in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. The statement identified the detainees as Hamza Salim al-Amoudi, Eyhab Zeid, Salah Dweikat, Hisham Jabir, 36, Salah Munthir Hijazi, 23, and Mustafa Jamal, 27.

The statement added that Israeli forces detained 15-year old Fatima Afif Hajjaja on Sunday evening, at the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that six Palestinians were detained in the Nablus area, three of which for being suspected “Hamas operatives.”

In the district of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces raided the town of Silwad and detained Fadi Abd al-Karim Hammad, Tariq Talib Hamid, Alaa Abd al-Rahim Otheim, and 23-year-old Abdullah Asaad Aamirah.

The Israeli army spokesperson was able to confirm three of the four detentions in Silwad.

PPS's statement said that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ziad Hamamrah in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.

In the northwestern district of Qalqiliya, Israeli forces detained 23-year-old Nael Walid Dawood, PPS and the Israeli army spokesperson said.

PPS also reported detentions in the northern Tubas district, where Israeli forces detained Tariq Nadir al-Kharraz, and Ahmad Muharij Daraghmeh.

In the Tulkarem district, Israeli forces detained 18-year-old Mahdi Muhannad Ajaj, PPS said.

The statement added that Abdullah Omar Malalha, 20, was detained in the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that five Palestinians, in addition to those in Nablus, were detained in the northern West Bank. One of which was a suspected Hamas operative, she added.

Since the start of the year Israeli forces have conducted more than 90 search and detention operations per week in the occupied West Bank, according to UN documentation.

There are 7,000 Palestinians currently being held in Israeli custody, including 438 minors -- 98 of them under the age of 16 -- according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.
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