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Israeli forces detain 56 Palestinians in massive detention campaign

Oct. 10, 2016 6:31 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2016 2:53 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 56 Palestinians in overnight raids between Sunday evening and Monday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, with more than two thirds of the detainees coming from the Jerusalem area, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that 39 of the total detainees came from Jerusalem, including the 17-year-old daughter and father of the slain gunman who carried out a drive-by shooting Sunday morning in East Jerusalem that left two Israelis dead.

An Israeli police spokesperson said just 15 Palestinians were detained in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, while an Israeli army spokesperson confirmed 16 total detentions were made overnight in the West Bank, saying three were conducted in the Jerusalem district -- one from the village of Qatanna, one from al-Ram, and one from Abu Dis.

According to PPS, seven Palestinians were detained from the Qalqiliya area village of Azzun in the northern West Bank. The detainees were identified as 27-year-old Issam Rashid Radwan, 22-year-old Qusai Shahr Salim, 27-year-old Muhammad Abd al-Karim Salim, 18-year-old Munther Yasser Salama, 23-year-old Kathem Mufid Radwan, 18-year-old Mahmoud Jamal Odeh, and 22-year-old Ali Farid Hussein.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed six of the detentions in Azzun.

In the northern West Bank district of Jenin, PPS said Israeli forces detained Tawfiq Muhammad Shalabi and Muhammad Jihad Rbayaa.

Also in the north, Israeli forces detained 19-year-old Amir Salah Amaraa from Tulkarem. The Israeli army confirmed the detention, saying it was made in the village of Dhinnaba.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Taysir Salam was detained from Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to PPS.

In the southernmost district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained brothers Anwar Nayif Zein and Abd al-Karim Nayif Zein, PPS said.

Local Hebron activist Muhammad Ayad Awad told Ma'an that two Palestinians were detained the Hebron area village of Beit Ummar after their house was raided, identified as 20-year-old Alaa Naim Abu Maria and 24-year old Odai Naim Abu Maria.

According to the Israeli army spokesperson, four Palestinians were detained in the Hebron district -- one from the village of Beit Ummar and three from the town of Yatta.

The spokesperson also informed Ma'an of one detention in the village of Surda in the Ramallah district, not reported by PPS.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 186 detention raids from Sept. 6 to 19.

According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians have been detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, since the beginning of October.

Prisoners rights group Addameer reported that 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August, 500 of whom were from East Jerusalem alone.
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