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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians, including former minister

June 12, 2017 2:03 P.M. (Updated: June 12, 2017 5:14 P.M.)
Israeli forces raid Beit Ummar
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained former Palestinian minister Wasfi Qabaha and 15 other Palestinians between Sunday night and Monday morning across the occupied Palestinian territory, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Qabaha, the former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs and affiliated to the Hamas movement, was detained from his home in the al-Basatin neighborhood of Jenin in the northern West Bank on Monday morning, locals told Ma’an.

According to a Hamas statement, Qabaha had only been released from Israeli custody on April 20, 2017, after having been detained in May 2016. He has been detained at least 11 times over the years -- spending a total of around 15 years in Israeli prisons.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an the detention of a Palestinian in Jenin, alleging he was a “Hamas operative."

In the Nablus district, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said two teenagers, whom it identified as 17-year-old Muhammad Amjad Uweis and 16-year-old Mustafa Mansour Uweis, were detained while attempting to head to Jerusalem.

In the Ramallah district, Israeli forces detained Saeb Abu Salim and Suhaib al-Sheikh from the village of Rantis, according to PPS.

The army spokesperson confirmed the detention of two Palestinians in Rantis, claiming that they were Hamas members, and another detention in the Ramallah-area village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.

PPS said that Khalil al-Muati, 58, was detained in the Bethlehem district, without giving more precise information on the area where the detention took place.

In the southernmost West Bank district of Hebron, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad said that two Palestinians were detained in the village of Beit Ummar overnight, identifying them as Muhammad Yousif Bahar, 22, and Muhannad Issa Bahar, 17.

Awwad added that Israeli soldiers broke into several houses, a dental clinic, and a medical center during the Beit Ummar raid. Clashes broke out during the raid, with Israeli forces firing tear gas at Palestinian youth who were throwing stones.

The army only confirmed one detention in Beit Ummar, adding that they would look into reports of clashes.
Israeli forces raid Beit Ummar

PPS also reported the detention of Amjad Azzam Abu Sneineh elsewhere in the Hebron district, and added that an unidentified young man was detained on Sunday evening near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city.

Israeli news outlet Ynet reported on Sunday that a Palestinian man was detained near the mosque after refusing to show his identity documents to Israeli border police and shoving an officer.

The Israeli army reported the detention of an alleged Hamas member in Hebron city, and said they would look into the case to see if the detention was linked to the incident near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

In occupied East Jerusalem, PPS reported that Israeli police detained Majd Saidah, Sam Auri, Adnan al-Rajabi, Khader al-Ajlouni, and Yahya al-Ajlouni.

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

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