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Israeli forces detained 23 Palestinians in overnight raids

Oct. 31, 2016 6:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2016 10:44 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 23 Palestinians in predawn raids across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Monday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

In East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that six Palestinian youths were detained overnight, identifying them as Muhammad Samir Shweiki, 15, Muhammad Ismail al-Ghul, 21, Muhammad Hashim al-Razim, 17, Ahmad Ratib al-Razim, 24, Muhammad Osama Abu Jumaa, 17, and Mahmoud Zyad al-Qaq, 19.

Meanwhile in the northern occupied West Bank, PPS reported that Musab Mahmoud Abd al-Rabah, 35, was detained in the Tulkarem district.

The organization added that three Palestinians were detained in the village of Sabastiya in the Nablus district, identifying them as Hani Mahir Kayid, 22, Malik Midhat Kayid, 17, and Muhammad Omar Kiwan, 20.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an of only two detentions in Sabastiya.

In the central district of Ramallah, PPS said that five Palestinians -- identified as Ribhi Hamid, Malik Ibrahim Hamid, Tayser Maher Hamid, Luay Faris Hamid and Ibrahim Nasser Hamid-- were detained in the village of Silwad.

In the Jalazun refugee camp, Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces detained 16 year-old Jihad Nidal Elayyan.

The Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that five Palestinians, four of whom she said were alleged Hamas operatives, were detained in Silwad, and one other in Jalazun.

PPS also said that Alaa Jaafar al-Khawaja and Habib Tawfiq Abu Awad were detained in the Ramallah district, without specifying where exactly the two were from.

In the Jericho district, PPS reported that Haitham Awad Jarahid and Muhammad Awad Jarahid were detained in the village of al-Auja. The army only confirmed one detention in al-Auja.

In the southernmost district of Hebron, PPS reported that brothers Mutaz Nayif Masalma, 27, and Abd al-Fattah Nayif Masalma, 37, were detained in Beit Awwa.

The Israeli army confirmed the two detentions in Beit Awwa.

Meanwhile, Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces detained an unidentified young man in the al-Baqa neighborhood of the city of Hebron.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 178 detention raids from Oct. 4 to 17.

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

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