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Israeli forces detain former hunger striker Muhammad Allan, 10 other Palestinians

June 8, 2017 1:28 P.M. (Updated: June 8, 2017 7:33 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 11 Palestinians between Wednesday and Thursday across the occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli and Palestinian sources said, including prominent former prisoner Muhammad Allan.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained in the village of Einabus, whom the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said was Allan.

Allan, a lawyer, prominently underwent a 66-day hunger strike in 2015 to protest being held by Israel under its highly contested policy of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

Elsewhere in the Nablus district, the army spokesperson said two Palestinians were detained in Madama. Locals identified them as Ahmad Nizar Ziyada and Asid Abd al-Nasser Qit, adding that Qit was a student currently passing his final exams ahead of graduation.

The army also listed the detention of an alleged Hamas member in the Tulkarem-district village of Anabta, and another detention in the city of Qalqiliya.

PPS identified the Anabta detainee as Omar Sari Ibrahim, 18, and the Palestinian detained in Qalqiliya as Ahmad Abd al-Hadi Qatsha.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, the Israeli army reported one detention in the village of Tuqu, whom PPS identified as Muhannad Hajahja.

PPS added that Iyad Abu al-Awra was detained in the village of al-Khader.

Meanwhile, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided a lathe workshop in the Bethlehem-area village of Beit Fajjar on Thursday morning and seized equipment it claimed was being used to manufacture weapons.

In the Hebron district, the Israeli army confirmed one detention to Ma’an, although the spokesperson could not clarify the exact location.

Meanwhile, locals said that Israeli forces raided the home of Fatah official Anwar Abu Hussein, as well as that of his brother Hussein Abu Hussein, in the city of Hebron, destroying furniture and seizing money.

Clashes then erupted, with a number of Palestinian youths throwing stones at soldiers, who fired tear gas towards homes in the area, leaving several residents suffering from severe tear gas inhalation.

The army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an reports that a soldier was injured at a Hebron checkpoint after being hit with a cinder block, although they could not confirm whether the incident was linked to the raids in the Abu Hussein households.

In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that three minors were detained in the Old City over suspicions that they threw stones at a police patrol, without causing any injuries. Rosenfeld did not clarify when exactly the detentions took place.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injuries.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of May.
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