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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians, blind man, during overnight raids

Sept. 11, 2017 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 11, 2017 5:42 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians, including a blind man, during predawn raids in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

In the northern West Bank, PPS said that five Palestinians were detained.

According to the PPS statement, Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area village of Yaabad and detained a blind man identified as Sheikh Izz addin Amarna, and a “young man” identified as Ghalib Muhammad Atatra.

In the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ghassan Hin 19, and Bashar Samir Dweikat 19. The PPS statement did not specify exactly from where in the district the two were detained.

In the city of Tulkarem, Alaa Adib Shreitih was detained from his home.

According to PPS, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, identified as Akif Hussein Abu Alia from al-Mughayyer, Shadi Moussa Jumaa from Ein Yabroud, Wasim Basim Asfour, Thaer Qahir Fuqaha, and Suleiman Muhammad Asfour from Sinjil.

In the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Israeli forces detained Wael Ulayyan, 18, Muhammad Abu Sbeih,19, and Muhammad Abu Khalaf, 18, according to PPS.

An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on the detentions in Silwan.

Meanwhile in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Nadir Abd al-Halim al-Natsha, 31, Musab Abd al-Hadi al-Jabari, 34, and Khalid Hatim Abu Sneina were detained from Hebron city.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that eight Palestinians were detained from the West Bank, without clarifying from which districts or villages.

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 87 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,279 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of August. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

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