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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians, shoot and injure 2 minors in overnight raids

July 30, 2017 11:48 A.M. (Updated: July 30, 2017 6:34 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians and shot and injured two Palestinian teenagers with live bullets in the occupied West Bank overnight Saturday.

Local sources told Ma’an that a military raid in Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank sparked clashes, and that Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian minors with live bullets.

The two injured youths were identified as Bassem Ibrahim Amouri and Muhammad Usama Alawna, both 17 years of age and from Jenin’s Kharouba neighborhood.

A statement from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said that during the raid, Israeli forces detained two young Palestinians, 19-year-old Abdullah Qasim al-Saadi and 18-year-old Diyaa Muhammad Salameh, the brother of 17-year-old Aws Salameh, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces in a violent military raid into Jenin refugee camp earlier this month.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that two people were detained in Jenin refugee camp and that approximately ten Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli forces during the Israeli army "activity." "In response to the threat, forces fired 0.22 caliber rounds toward suspects. Hits were confirmed," she said.

In the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Rayan Zuheir Hussein, 22, and Thaer al-Aghbar.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that three Palestinians were detained in the Nablus area, including one in Nablus city, one in the town of Yasid, and another in the village of Asira al-Shamaliya.

During a predawn raid in the Iskan Rujib area east of Nablus, Israeli forces also reportedly confiscated at least one vehicle belonging to Abdullah Hamad, the brother of Yahya al-Hajj Hamad who is currently serving a life sentence in Israeli prison over his alleged involvement in the killing of two Israeli settlers in October 2015.

According to Israeli media, the Israeli army claimed that vehicles were confiscated because they were paid for with compensation from the Hamas movement, which also allegedly helped the prisoner’s family rebuild their home after it was punitively demolished by Israel.

According to PPS, three Palestinians were detained in the Ramallah district of the central West Bank, identified in the statement as Jamil Hasan Kifaya, Fouad Mustafa, and Ahmad Suleiman Abu Eid -- whose father is in Israeli custody after being rearrested by Israeli forces after he was freed in the 2011 Shalit prisoners exchange deal.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three detentions and said one was made in al-Bireh, one in Ramallah city, and one in Beituniya.

Raed al-Zghir was also detained in the Jerusalem area, according to local sources.

Two Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem-area town of Husan and one was detained in Doha in southern Bethlehem, the Israeli army spokesperson said.

PPS identified two of the detainees from the Bethlehem area as Ihab Ziyad Abu Yabis and Muhammad Mubid.

The Israeli army said that in the southern Hebron district, three were detained in Hebron city. Locals said another Palestinian was detained in al-Dhahiriya southwest of Hebron.

The PPS statement identified the four detained in Hebron district as Hamza Abu Daoud, Muhammad Nathmi al-Jamal, Ahmad Ghneimat, and Muhammad Issa Qesiyya.

An Israeli police spokesperson also said that an 18-year-old Palestinian was detained Saturday night at a military checkpoint near Yatta in southern Hebron, after he allegedly got out of his vehicle, threw a knife, and started to run away.

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 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.

According to a report released earlier this month, a total of 388 Palestinians, including 70 minors and 13 women, were detained across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of June.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimates that 6,300 Palestinians are held in Israeli prisons, including 300 minors and 486 Palestinians held under Israel’s contested policy of administrative detention -- imprisonment without trial or charges.
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