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Israeli army detains 24 Palestinians in overnight raids

Jan. 17, 2017 4:41 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2017 6:09 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 24 Palestinians, including the widow of a slain Palestinian, in predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank between Monday and Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that nine of the Palestinians were detained when Israeli police forces raided the Jerusalem district refugee camp of Shufat, identifying them as Ward Sheikh Ali, Usayd Sheikh Ali, Amir Sheikh Ali, Muhammad al-Fasfous, Issa Muhammad Ali, Issa Dirbas, Muhammad Jabiri, Ihab Suleiman, and Nadia Abu Jamal -- the widow of Ghassan Abu Jamal, a Palestinian who was killed in 2014 after carrying out a deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue.

According to Israeli police, it was the eighth time Israeli forces had raided Shufat refugee camp since the beginning of 2017, as part of what spokeswoman Luba al-Samri called “the 700 campaign.”

Some of the detainees, according to al-Samri, were suspected of throwing stones, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces. Others were suspected of illegal possession of firearms and stolen commodities.

In the northern West Bank, PPS said that five Palestinians were detained in the Jenin district, identifying them as Ahmad Damanhuri Kamil, Muhammad Malik Kamil, Muhammad Khalid Kamil, Jasim Taysir Kamil, and Rambo Ghassan Alawna.

Mahmoud Walwil, meanwhile, was detained in the al-Faraa refugee camp in the Tubas district, PPS reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an of four detentions in Qabatiya in the Jenin district and one in al-Faraa.

PPS said that Israeli forces detained Abd al-Rahman Abu Haniyeh, 22, in the Qalqiliya district, with the army confirming a detention in the village of Habla.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained Mutasem Sheikh Yousif, 21, and Ahmad Adnan al-Kanash, 20, according to PPS.

The army reported a detention in the Ramallah-area refugee camp of al-Jalazun, and another in the village of Jifna.

In the southern West Bank, PPS reported that Dakhallah Habis al-Umour was detained in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu, where Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian teen during clashes on Monday.

The army, meanwhile, told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Tuqu overnight, with no further information on whether the detentions were related to the killing that day.

In the Hebron district, meanwhile, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Rahib Yousif Mughannam, 18, Muhiyi Salah Abu Maria, 18, Harith Ibrahim Tmeizi, and Safwat Jihad Tmeizi, 36.

The army mentioned one detention in the village of Beit Ummar, and another in Yatta.

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 alone.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of October 2016.
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