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Israeli forces detain 25 Palestinians, 3 teenagers, in predawn West Bank raids

Aug. 21, 2017 1:21 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2017 5:28 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians on Monday during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

According to Palestinian prisoner’s rights group Addameer, there are some 6,128 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, including at least 320 minors and 62 women and girls.

Northern West Bank

In the Nablus district, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians from the village of Madama, and identified them as former prisoner Fadil Hamid al-Bitawi, Zeid al-Kharaz, Muhammad Salah Qit, 23, and Abada Fathi Qit, 23.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Madama, adding that three Palestinians were detained from Nablus city.

Central West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians from the Jerusalem district, citing five from Hizma, two from Biddu, and one from al-Eizariya.

PPS identified the five Palestinians detained from Hizma as Muhammad Fawzi al-Khatib, Abdullah al-Khatib, Ahed Salem Askar, Ahmad Waheed al-Khatib, and Abdullah Ahmad al-Khatib.

Adham Muhammad Saleh Bidwan and Saleh Kassab Ayyash were detained from Biddu, while 17-year-old Hasan Sharaf Abu al-Reish was detained from al-Eizariya, according to PPS.

The Israeli army confirmed one detention from al-Eizariya and one from Biddu.

In the Ramallah district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Arqoub, 21, from Kafr Ein and Ibrahim Kheir Suliman, 29, from Deir Abu Mashaal.

The Israeli army spokesperson mentioned no detentions in the Ramallah district, but told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained from the Salfit-area village of Kifl Haris.

Locals in Kifl Haris told Ma'an that a 20-year-old Palestinian was detained during a six-hour-raid in which Israeli forces escorted 1,000 settlers into the village to perform religious rituals.

Southern West Bank

PPS reported that one Palestinian, identified as Jafar Awida Ebiat, was detained from the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the Bethlehem district.

Locals in Hindaza south of Bethlehem said that Israeli forces raided the village, causing clashes to erupt with local Palestinian youth, with Israeli forces firing tear gas and live ammunition at the youth. No injuries were reported.

Israeli forces delivered an interrogation summons to 31-year-old Haroun Issa Qassim after raiding and searching his home.

In the Hebron district, PPS reported that eight Palestinians were detained, and identified them as Waleed Muhammad al-Titi, 54, his son Abd al-Rahman al-Titi, Muhammad Raed Aasafra, Mukhtar Saed Awad, 18, Thaer Ahmad Salibi, 18, Jaber Youssef Shalalda, Islam Waleed al-Shahatit and Tariq Nayif Masalma.

PPS did not specify the locations in which the eight were detained.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that nine Palestinians were detained from the Hebron district, and cited one detention from Sair, one from Kharsa, two from Beit Ummar, one from Dura, two from al-Fawwar refugee camp, one from Beit Awa, and one from Deir Samit.

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