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Israeli forces detain 25 Palestinians across West Bank, East Jerusalem

March 28, 2017 3:37 P.M. (Updated: March 29, 2017 4:05 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians during raids between Monday and the predawn hours of Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), local Palestinian sources, and the Israeli army.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank. The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and 78 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

Northern & Central West Bank

In the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained a young woman identified as Sujud Asaad Rihan, and a young man identified as 22-year-old Dirar, who were detained during overnight raids. An Israeli spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an two detentions from the Nablus district.

PPS added that two young men had also been detained during the day on Monday in Nablus, and identified them as Amir Swelem and 22-year-old Ahmad Eid Hindi.

In the Jordan Valley-area Tubas district, PPS reported that two Palestinians were detained, and identified them as Seif Daraghmeh, who PPS described as a “teenager,” and Jamal Rakiz Maslamani, who the group described as “a young man.”

Meanwhile, locals in Tubas reported that Muhammad Abu Amr, 17, was also detained during overnight raids.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions in Tubas.

In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained three teenagers who PPS identified as Nasrallah Adil Barghouthi, 16, Ali Ahmad Barghouthi, 18, and Muhammad Khalil Srour, 18.

The Israeli army confirmed two detentions from the Ramallah district, citing one detention from the village of Nilin and another from the village of Qalandiya.

East Jerusalem & Southern West Bank

In the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained 11 security security guards of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Monday.

PPS identified the guards as Luay Abu al-Saad, Salman Abu Mayyala, Hamza Nimr, Arafat Najib, Ahed Judah, Muhammad Idriss, Samir al-Qabbani, Qasim Kamal, Usama Siyam, Khalil al-Tarhouni and Khalid Sharif.

According to Al-Aqsa compound director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, who spoke to Ma’an on Tuesday, the security guards were detained after an altercation in which the guards prevented an Israeli archaeologist from trying to remove an old stone from the religious compound.

Al-Kiswani said that Israeli forces detained three guards in the morning, while seven others were detained after Israeli police raided their homes later that afternoon. He identified the same guards as PPS, with the exception of Khalid Sharif.

Five of the guards were released after questioning, while five others remained in custody as of Tuesday morning, according to al-Kiswani.

In the southern West Bank Hebron district, PPS reported that Israeli forces raided the village of Beit Awwa, where they detained two 16-year-olds, identified as Mahmoud Raed Masalma, and Ahmad Khalid Abu al-Jimal, after ransacking their homes.

Additionally, Israeli forces detained Abd al-Rahim Omran al-Atrash, 28, and Abd al-Rahman Alaa al-Jaabari from their homes in Hebron city. The Israeli army confirmed two detentions from Hebron.

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