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Israeli forces raid former prisoner's home in Dura, demolish interior walls

May 17, 2017 12:01 P.M. (Updated: May 17, 2017 4:07 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces surrounded the home of former Palestinian prisoner Rizq al-Rujoub in the southern occupied West Bank town of Dura west of Hebron on Wednesday, before searching the house and tearing down some of its interior walls.

Locals said that Israeli forces raided the Karisseh area of Dura and prevented people from approaching al-Rujoub's house, as Israeli soldiers ransacked the home, upending his belongings, and demolished the walls.

Sources added that Israeli soldiers also prevented an ambulance from reaching the area to evacuate a woman to the hospital after she went into labor.

However, no detentions were reported in the incident. An Israel army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the details of the raid.

Al-Rujoub has been detained by Israeli forces numerous times and has spent more than a cumulative 22 years in Israeli prisons.

His home was raided just a week ago, locals said Wednesday, and Ma'an reported in February that Israeli forces confiscated his car during a raid in February.

According to Palestinian prisoners' right group Addameer, there are some 6,300 Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel. The group estimates that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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