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Israeli police forms new unit for Jerusalem detentions

June 30, 2016 6:39 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2016 2:50 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police formed a new unit on Thursday to carry out detention across Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer.

Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer with Addameer, said that the special unit for Jerusalem detention would be based in the al-Qishla center of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, and pointed out that the unit has already carried out detentions Thursday morning.

Mahmoud added that  Israeli police detained four Palestinian youths and identified them as Youssef Jawdat al-Shawish, Ahmad Yasser al-Razem, Rami al-Fakhouri, and Ubada Amireh.

The head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab, said that Israeli forces also detained Muhammad Abu Shusheh, former prisoner Muhammad Nadi al-Hashlamoun, Ahmad al-Shawish, and Hisham Muhammad Bsheiti.

Majdi al-Abbasi of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center confirmed that Israeli forces and intelligence raided the Ein al-Luza neighborhood of Silwan village near occupied East Jerusalem, and raided several houses, detaining Ziad al-Qaq and teenager Mahdi Youssef Abu Diab.

Al-Abbasi said that clashes erupted late Wednesday, and that Israeli forces used live fire, tear-gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and sprayed ‘skunk water’ randomly towards houses.

Israeli forces also detained photojournalist Iyad al-Tawil and his father after raiding his house in East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces conduct near nightly raids across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, with a weekly average of 88 raids since the start of 2016, according to UN documentation.

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