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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in Qalqiliya, Jerusalem districts raids

Dec. 1, 2016 3:08 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2016 6:05 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday in the occupied West Bank districts of Jerusalem and Qalqiliya, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), a total of seven Palestinians were detained in the Jerusalem district.

Two of the Palestinians were identified as Muhammad Ahmad Attun, the 16-year-old son of Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmad Attun, and Muhammad Mahmoud Attun, 19.

Locals said that the two were detained during a raid in the neighborhood of Sur Bahir.

The Attun family said that Israeli forces escorted by police dogs broke into MP Attun’s home, breaking the front door and assaulting Attun’s teenage son Muhammad before detaining him.

The other five Palestinians detained in the district were identified by PPS as Muhammad al-Zaatari, Fadel al-Rajabi, Hamza Imad Ayyad, Zayid Ahmad, 27, and Thaer Wajih Mansour.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not mention detentions in Sur Bahir to Ma’an, but said three Palestinians were detained in the Jerusalem district, listing two detentions in the village of Biddu and another in al-Ram.

Meanwhile, five Palestinians were detained in the village of Azzun in the Qalqiliya district, identified by PPS as Fahd al-Sheikh, Alaa al-Sheikh, Mahdi al-Sheikh, Anas Issa, and Abed Issa.

The army confirmed five detentions in Azzun.

In the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad said that Israeli forces raided the home of Bassam Badawi Ikhleil, locking ten family members in one room for more than an hour while they searched the house.

Awwad said that the soldiers ultimately left without finding anything.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 185 military detention raids between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14.

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