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Israeli forces detain 33 Palestinians, confiscate belongings in overnight raids

Jan. 10, 2017 3:46 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2017 7:06 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 33 Palestinians, including at least six minors, during overnight raids in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank between Monday and Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

In East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained three minors in the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, identifying them as Usama Uweisat, 12, his brother Bassim, 14, and their cousin Muhammad, 14.

According to a statement from Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri, the three were detained and interrogated on suspicion of throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli police in Jabal al-Mukabbir, with no injuries reported.

She added that four suspects were also detained on Monday -- aged 13, 16, 20 -- on suspicions of spraying graffiti praising Jabal al-Mukabbir resident Fadi al-Qunbar, who was killed on Saturday after driving a truck into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers in an illegal Israeli settlement.

The Arabic and Hebrew-language graffiti was sprayed on walls of Jerusalem's Old City the night following the attack. Al-Samri said that cans of spray paint were uncovered while raiding houses to detain the youths.

She said the 13-year-old suspect was later released on conditions including house arrest while the detention of the three others was extended for interrogation on Tuesday during a court session at the Jerusalem magistrate's court.

The police statement included photos of the graffiti, which included a message praising al-Qunbar as "the king of the Mercedes" -- a reference to the fact that the vehicle used in the attack was a Mercedes truck, "Yesterday's attack is just the beginning of 2017", and "Hamas is resistance, not terror."

Meanwhile in the neighborhood of Silwan, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Abd al-Karim Shuyukhi.

In the northern occupied West Bank, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained 11 Palestinians in the village of Jabaa in the Jenin district.

The group identified them as Nazih Abu Aoun, Islam Abu Aoun, Said Abu Aoun, Imad Kanaan, Ahmad Malaysha, Muhammad Malaysha, Ashraf Malaysha, Basil Ghannam, Radwan Fashafsha, Bilal Alawna, and Ziyad Alawna.

In the Tubas district, PPS identified four Palestinians detained in al-Faraa refugee camp as Muhammad Saleh Jabarin, Rabiaa Jamal Mubarak, Mahmoud Nathmi, and Qais Abu al-Hassan.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the four detentions in al-Faraa.

Israeli forces also killed 32-year-old Muhammad al-Salihi in contested circumstances during the raid in al-Faraa.

PPS said that Talat Zurub, 38, was detained in Tulkarem, while Samer Mahmoud Moussa, 35, was detained in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Khader.

In the southern district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Yaqoub Moussa Jaradat, Fadi Ishaq Jaradat, and Yousif Abd al-Rizq Jaradat in the village of Sair, as well as Qusay Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem, 16, in Beit Ummar, PPS reported.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided home of Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem and seized 2,500 shekels ($650) the family had collected through donations to pay a fine imposed on Qusay’s 18-year-old brother Hamza, who has been detained by Israel for five months.

Awwad added that Israeli troops damaged furniture and confiscated two mobile phones from the house before detaining Qusay and summoning his father Ahmad, 50, for interrogation.

Awwad said that Israeli forces also ransacked the home of Jamil Masharqa, confiscating 253 shekels ($66), a credit card, a watch, gold jewelry, a computer, and his wife’s car, despite the vehicle having a valid registration and insurance policy.

The activist said that soldiers also took 255 shekels from the home of Mahmoud Muhammad Adi.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Beit Ummar, as well as two detentions in Uddeisa, one in Khirbet Marah al-Butum, and another in Idhna -- all Hebron-area villages.

PPS, which documents overnight raids by Israeli forces, said in a statement earlier this month that it had recorded the detention of 100 Palestinians, including 18 minors, in the first five days of 2017.

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, including 400 minors, were held in Israeli prisons as of October 2016.
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