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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians, 8 minors, in overnight raids

Jan. 2, 2017 12:59 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 2, 2017 6:32 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including eight minors, during overnight and predawn military raids Monday in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinians sources.

In the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Suhaib Sami Jalad, 16, Diyaa Eyad Kamel Ahmad, 16, and Huthaifa Jihad Jalad, 17, were detained in an area near the Nitzani Oz checkpoint in the western part of Tulkarem and took them to an unknown location.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that the three were later released.

According to PPS, eight Palestinians were detained from the Jerusalem district, including five minors between the ages of 15-17.

The minors were identified as Ameer Darwish, Adam Mustafa, Hussam Eliyan, Moumen Hashim and Saleh Abu Assab. PPS also identified two Jerusalemite brothers who were detained as Omar and Nasser Ibrahim.

In the southern West Bank Hebron district, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Ummar north west of Hebron and detained former prisoners Muhammad Kamel Zaaqiq, 26, and Anwar Yousif Ekhdir Awad, 22.

Locals in Hebron city told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the city and detained Adel Barakat Ghayth from his house.

According to PPS, Nasser Rabee Abu Snina, 22, was also detained from Hebron.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a total of three overnight detentions to Ma’an, citing two from Beit Ummar and one from Hebron city.

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 military detention raids between Dec. 13 and Dec. 26.

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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