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Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians during overnight raids in West Bank

Sept. 14, 2017 5:05 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 15, 2017 12:58 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians during raids between Wednesday and Thursday across the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

In the northern West Bank, PPS said in a statement that Udayy Moussa Ghawadra, 35, from Bir al-Basha village in Jenin was detained by Israeli forces.

PPS noted that five other Palestinians were detained from Nablus and Jenin, but did not provide further details.

According to PPS, Hassan Husni Abu Zant, 35, and Samer Khalid Muhammad Ghanem, 35, were detained in a neighborhood west of Tulkarem city. According to PPS, Israeli forces had raided and searched the homes of Abu Zant and Ghanem before detaining them.

Witnesses told Ma’an that clashes erupted in the area following the raids and detentions, as Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas bombs at Palestinians. No injuries were reported.

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Hasan Abu Zant

In the central West Bank, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians from the Qalandiya refugee camp in Ramallah, according to PPS, who identified the detainees as Muhammad Nimr al-Luzi, Ahmad Hasan Mteir, Nael Abed al-Rahman, Adham al-Qumbuz, and Wissam Abu Lafi -- the brother of 17-year-old Muhammad Khalaf Lafi, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in July.

Israeli forces also raided and searched several houses in the refugee camp, causing clashes to erupt that continued until the morning hours as Palestinian youth threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, who opened live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at youths.

Ratib Jubour, coordinator of the popular committees in the southern West Bank, said that Israeli forces had detained Abdullah Mahmoud Ideis, 49, after raiding his home in the area of Ruqaa in the Hebron-are Yatta village . Ideis is the father of 16-year-old Murad Ideis, who was sentenced to life in Israeli prison after committing a deadly stabbing attack in the illegal Israeli settlement of Otniel.

Jubour added that Israeli forces had raided and searched a blacksmith workshop belonging to Inad Abu Taha, in addition to a lathing workshop.

Israeli forces were heavily deployed across the area, he noted.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a total of eight Palestinians were detained overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, but did not provide exact locations.

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 out 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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