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Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians during predawn raids in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Feb. 23, 2017 4:19 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2017 6:52 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians during predawn raids on Thursday carried out in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar during detention raids, identified by local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad as Ihab Issa Mahmoud al-Allami, 19, Alaa Bassam Hamad al-Allami, 21, Muhammad Ibrahim Hammad al-Allami, 20, and Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad al-Allami, 21.

Awwad added that Israeli forces also confiscated 15 Palestinians' permits allowing them to work in Israel when they raided several houses and stores in the village.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed four detentions in Beit Ummar.

Awwad also that 33 Palestinians have been detained from Beit Ummar since the beginning of 2017, including 17 minors.

In the central West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained six Palestinians from the village of Abud in the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, identified as Anas Ibrahim al-Barghouthi, Nour Rashad al-Barghouthi, Muhammad Taher al-Barghouthi, Saleh Muhammad al-Barghouthi, Tamer Khatib Dar Saleh, and Karim Izzat Jaber.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed four of the detentions in Abud.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ali Dar Daoud in the village of Beit Duqqu in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district. An Israeli army spokesperson noted an additional detention in the Jerusalem district in the village of Abu Dis.

Khalid Maswadeh, Hashem Iskafi, and Mamun al-Natsheh were also detained in the al-Thawri area of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, according to PPS.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Adam Abu Jamileh and Musaab Abu Shanab from the Askar refugee camp in Nablus.

According to Israeli media, Israeli forces also raided the Balata refugee camp in Nablus city, when an Israeli soldier reportedly sustained moderate injuries after an explosive device was thrown at soldiers in the camp. He was taken to the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva for treatment.

Further north, in Tulkarem, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Ahmad Fawwaz Ahmad Odeh.

PPS also reported raids in the village of Qabatiya in the Jenin district where at least four Palestinians were detained, identified as Muhammad Faisal Turkman, Ahmad Yunis Abu al-Rub, Ihab Said al-Nijmeh, and Wael al-Sahu.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed four detentions in Qabatiya.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were detained in Israeli prisons as of January.

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