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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in West Bank raids

June 21, 2017 3:44 P.M. (Updated: June 21, 2017 5:37 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians in raids across the occupied Palestinian territory between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, notably targeting the parents of Palestinian men killed by Israeli forces this week in two separate incidents.

According to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), in the southernmost occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained 20-year-old Muhammad Ashraf Alqam and Samir Zuheir Ikhlayyil.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detentions and said they were carried out in the town of Beit Ummar.

According to Israeli media, the raid into Beit Ummar sparked clashes with locals, and an Israeli soldier was lightly injured by a thrown rock.

In the southern Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Ata al-Hreimi, Ayyub Yaqub al-Asa, and Ayyub Ibrahim Hamamrah.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed three Bethlehem-area detentions, saying one was made in Bethlehem city, one in al-Ubeidiya, and another in the village of Husan.

PPS said that five Palestinians were detained in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Zeinab Ankoush, 46, was detained in the village of Deir Abu Mashaal. Ankoush is the mother of one of three Palestinians who were shot dead last week after carrying out a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri claimed that Zeinab “is suspected to be a supporter of a terrorist group and suspected for planning to conduct a crime.”

Meanwhile, in Ramallah area village of Silwad, PPS said that four Palestinians were detained, identified as Khalid Muhammad Ata, Ibrahim Rasim Faris, Abd al-Aziz Muhammad Hammad, and Jihad Samir Hammad.

Israeli army spokesperson made no mention of detentions in Silwad, but said that one Palestinian was detained in al-Mughayyir in the eastern outskirts of the Ramallah district.

The Israeli army also said two Palestinians were detained in the central West Bank city of Salfit, identified by PPS as as Humam Aziz Fattash and Osama Riziq Fattash.

Israeli forces also raided the Jerusalem district town of al-Eizariya and detained Imad al-Hirbawi, hours after his 23-year-old son Bahaa al-Hirbawi was shot dead near Israel’s Qalandiya military crossing, when the Israeli army claimed he was attempting to stab Israeli soldiers.

In the northern occupied West Bank, PPS said that Israeli forces detained 46-year-old Said Hussein Ishteiwi in Tulkarem and 24-year-old Bilal Fawwaz Yadak in Nablus.

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

Israeli authorities carried out an average of 95 army raids a week in Palestinian communities since the beginning of the year, according to United Nations documentation.According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of May.
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