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Israeli forces detain 65 Palestinians in mass raids in West Bank, East Jerusalem

July 27, 2016 4:43 P.M. (Updated: July 28, 2016 11:34 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces overnight Wednesday detained at least 65 Palestinians, including 11 minors, during mass search and detention raids carried out across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

In occupied East Jerusalem, 52 Palestinians were detained, including 11 minors, in a mass search and detention campaign carried out on communities just south of the Old City. The widespread raids came a day after some 30 Palestinian families were left homeless after Israeli authorities demolished several homes in the area.

Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Diyaa Ghneimat, Ahmad Ibrahim al-Hur, Muhammad Ali al-Heeh, and his mother Samiha Ibrahim al-Heeh, all from the village of Surif in the north, during a raid in which one Palestinian, allegedly behind an attack on Israeli settlers earlier this month, was killed after Israeli forces bombarded the house he was barricaded in.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) added that Rami Mahmoud Abu Rmeila and Muhammad Ziad Hmeidat were also detained in the Hebron district.

In the north, two Palestinians were detained from the West Bank district of Tulkarem, one being identified by PPS as Usayd Othman Suleiman. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that another Palestinian was detained from the village of Bala for being an alleged member of the Hamas-affiliated Islamic student bloc.

Further north in the West Bank district of Jenin, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an three Palestinians were detained, with one detained in the village of Yabad for being an alleged Hamas operative. Two of the detainees were identified by PPS as Abd al-Rahman al-Sanuri and Muhammad Nur Abu al-Rub.

PPS also added that two young men were also detained from Jenin on Tuesday evening identified as Suhayb Antari and Jawad Abu al-Rub.

According to PPS, Israeli forces detained Jamil Sharab from the village of Awarta in the Nablus district and Hani Shbeita from the village of Azzun in the Qalqiliya district. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two detentions.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of May. The group estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

Israeli forces have carried out a weekly average of 83 search and detention campaigns on Palestinian communities since the start of 2016, according to UN documentation.
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