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Israeli forces detain 28 Palestinians in overnight raids

Nov. 2, 2016 5:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2016 7:54 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 28 Palestinians during raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

In the southernmost West Bank district of Hebron, Palestinian sources reported that former prisoner Abd al-Karim Jabr Titi was detained in the al-Arrub refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detention in al-Arrub to Ma’an, adding that, elsewhere in the district, one Palestinian was detained in the village of Beit Ula, one in Sair, and another in the city of Hebron.

In the Bethlehem district, locals said that five Palestinians were detained in the Duheisha refugee camp, including an unnamed youth who was injured in the leg during the raid.

The four others detained from the camp were identified as Muhammad Yasser Rizq al-Malhi, Muhannad Fahmi Quwwar al-Malhi, Udayy Abu Yabes, and Nabil Abu Yabes.

The Israeli army only confirmed two detentions in Duheisha.

Meanwhile, locals said that Israeli forces detained Muhannad Abu Srour and former prisoner Tariq Bassam Abu Akir in the nearby refugee camp, as well as Elias Salah Faraj al-Malhi in the town of Beit Jala.

In the Jerusalem district, Palestinian sources said Naela Halayqa and her husband Hani Muhammad Dish were detained in the village of Sur Bahir, while the army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was detained in Qalandiya.

In the Ramallah district, locals said that Israeli forces detained Alaa Abu Rweis from the al-Amari refugee camp.

The army spokesperson said one Palestinian was detained in al-Bireh -- where al-Amari is located -- adding that one alleged Hamas operative was detained in the village of Arura, and another Palestinian was detained in Kobar.

In the northern West Bank district of Nablus, Palestinian sources said that Imad Masharqa, originally from the Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem, was detained at the Huwwara checkpoint, while Nasser Halaweh, Laith Khashaneh, and Badr al-Tashtoush were detained elsewhere in the district.

The army spokesperson, meanwhile, said four Palestinians were detained in the city of Nablus.

Meanwhile in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sources said that five unidentified Palestinians were detained in the neighborhood of al-Issawiya.

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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