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Israeli forces detain 45 Palestinians in West Bank overnight raids

Jan. 3, 2017 4:20 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 3, 2017 7:13 P.M.)
(AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 45 Palestinians, including at least eight minors, in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Monday and Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording some 178 raids in the West Bank between Dec. 13 and 26, 2016.

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.

Jenin and Nablus districts

In the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Muhammad Amarna was detained in Yaabad, as an Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an one detention in the village.

In the Nablus district, PPS said that 10 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces. The organization identified them as Nimr Khalid al-Hindi, Suhaib Hamad, Usayd Rayhan, Muhammad Sharayaa, Ahmad al-Sahili, Uday Uweis, Ismail Marshud, Muhammad Masimi, Iyad Hashash, and Safwat al-Assi.

Locals told Ma’an that al-Hindi, Hamad and Rayhan were detained in the city of Nablus, while the seven others were detained in the Balata refugee camp.

In Balata, witnesses said that Israeli soldiers raided dozens of homes, causing material damages

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that five Palestinians were detained in Balata, as well as two “Hamas operatives” in the village of Tell, and one alleged Hamas operative in Einabus.

The Israeli army also claimed that weapons and ammunitions were seized in Balata.

Qalqiliya and Salfit districts

In the Qalqiliya district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Haitham Nabil Hasanin, 31, Anas al-Hajj Hassan, 20, and Anas Mamduh Hamad, 18.

The army spokesperson said that four “Hamas operatives” were detained in the city of Qalqiliya.

In the Salfit district, the army reported that one Palestinian was detained in Kifl Haris.

Ramallah and Jerusalem districts

In the Ramallah district, PPS reported that Awni Abd al-Ghani Fares, Khalil Hassan Hamid, Jihad Khalid Hamid, Muhammad Abd al-Nasser Hamid, Ayman Miri Hamid, and Abd al-Halim Abdullah al-Farakhna were detained by Israeli forces.

Locals said that Fares and the four Hamids were detained in the village of Silwad.

The Israeli army said that six Palestinians, including four “Hamas operatives,” were detained in Silwad, adding that one was detained in al-Mazraa al-Sharqiya, and another in Deir Jarir.

In the Jerusalem district, PPS reported that Muhammad Hashem Faqih was detained in the village of Qatanna.

The army confirmed one detention in Qatanna, and mentioned another in the village of Biddu.

Bethlehem and Hebron districts

In the Bethlehem district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained seven Palestinian teenagers in the village of Beit Fajjar. It identified them as Ahmad Mahmoud Taqatqa, 16, Muhammad Walid Thawabta, 16, Ahmad Jihad Thawabta, 16, Nour Nasser Thawabta, 16, Khalid Muhammad Taqatqa, 15, Usama Abd al-Rabbu Thawabta, 14, and Bilal Shahir Deriya, 15.

PPS added that Ibrahim Yousif al-Sheikh, 27, was detained in the village of Marah Rabah, while Muhammad Ahmad Jadu, 17, was detained in the Aida refugee camp.

The Israeli army confirmed four detentions in Beit Fajjar, one in Marah Rabah, and one in Aida.

In the Hebron district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Murad Nawajaa, Rizq Tmeizi, Adel Barakat Gheith, Ali Sabir al-Jaabari, Ghassan Abd al-Athim al-Qaisi, and brothers Ziyad and Saleh Zeidat.

Locals told Ma’an that Nawajaa was detained in Yatta, Tmeizi was detained in Idhna, and that the Zeidat brothers were detained in Bani Naim.

The Israeli army confirmed one detention in the city of Hebron, one in Idhna, and two in Bani Naim.
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