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Israeli forces detain 10 in overnight West Bank, East Jerusalem raids

May 29, 2016 10:37 A.M. (Updated: May 29, 2016 11:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians during overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces raided the village of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem overnight, detaining Ahmad Yusif Taqatqa, 17, and Muhammad Mansour Thawabtah, 14, and taking them to an unknown destination.

PPS reported four detentions in the Ramallah-al-Bireh district, listing the detained as Ibrahim Diyaa, 25, Talha Abd al-Sattar Zibar, 26, Majid Faruq Hikmat, 22, and Zahir Huweij.

Local sources also told Ma'an that Majd Hamdan was detained in the city of al-Bireh adjacent to Ramallah in the central West Bank.

According to PPS, Mustafa Kamal Zayd, 18, was detained in the Qalqiliya district, while 33-year-old Rami al-Juneidi was detained in the Hebron district.

The Palestinian organization also reported that Wael Abu Obeideh was detained in occupied East Jerusalem.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that nine Palestinians had been detained in night raids. She listed five detentions near Ramallah, two near Bethlehem, one near Hebron and one near Qalqiliya. The spokesperson added that all were detained for suspected "illegal activities."

Palestinian witnesses also listed overnight raids in the al-Duheisha and Aida refugee camps near Bethlehem, as well as in the area of al-Saff Street in Bethlehem.

Army raids were also reported in the Hebron area municipalities of Beit Ummar, Bani Naim, and the al-Arroub refugee camp.

East of Nablus, Israeli forces raided the Askar camp refugee camp and handing two youths summons to meet Israeli intelligence.

As of Sunday morning, there weren't reports of detentions during these raids.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli forces have conducted a weekly average of 90 raids in the West Bank in 2016.

While not always leading to detentions, the raids often disrupt Palestinian communities during late-night hours, a particularly sensitive issue as Palestinian high school students began exams on Saturday to obtain the high-stakes General Secondary Certificate, also known as Tawjihi.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of April.
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