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Israeli forces detain Palestinian activist as he distributes food to Hebron families

June 12, 2018 2:12 P.M. (Updated: June 14, 2018 4:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians and set up flying checkpoints across the occupied West Bank during predawn raids on Tuesday, according to local sources.

In the northern West Bank district of Nablus, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the Beit Dajan village and searched a house belonging to Radwan Abu Thabet and detained his son Suhaib, a former prisoner.

In the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, including an activist with the Youth Against Settlements (YAS) group.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained 30-year-old YAS activist Muhammad al-Zughayyar, Ibrahim Jaber and Imad Azmi Abu Daoud, 19.

YAS said that Israeli soldiers obstructed al-Zughayyar’s way while he was in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron’s Old City, distributing food packages to families of the area.

The group noted that al-Zughayyar has been detained several times by Israeli forces for his activism.

YAS released a video filmed by the group of al-Zughayyar’s arrest:

Meanwhile, Israeli forces set up several flying checkpoints across Hebron City and at the entrances of the Sair and Halhoul towns, stopping and searching vehicles and ID cards of passengers.

Israeli military raids into Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps are a near daily occurrence.

According to UN documentation, between May 8th-21st, Israeli forces conducted 177 search and arrest operations and arrested 220 Palestinians.
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