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Israeli forces detain blind man, 30 others in West Bank raids

Feb. 23, 2016 3:22 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 7:35 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 31 Palestinians in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, including a blind man, Palestinian and Israeli sources reported.

The Palestinian Authority said in a statement that at least six Palestinians were detained in the northern West Bank district of Jenin, including a 50-year-old blind man identified as Majd Amarnah.

The other Jenin-area detainees were identified as Said Kamil, Eyhab Muhammad Fahmawi, Abd al-Hamid Samadi, Kifah Ali Rabayaa, and Muhammad Salih Rabayaa.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the town of Yabad west of Jenin city, and one in Qabatiya south of Jenin.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an two young Palestinian men were moderately injured by live ammunition during detention raids in Nablus' Old City, which erupted into clashes after Israeli military vehicles and excavators broke down several shop fronts.

Palestinian sources said at least 14 Palestinians were detained in Nablus district. They were identified as Mahir Khattab and Muhammad Mashaal from the city of Nablus, Muhammad Maraqa from Ein Beit al-Mai refugee camp, and Ahmad Abed al-Sallaj from Askar refugee camp.

In Balata refugee camp, Israeli troops detained Muhammad Mitaaib and Shahir al-Najmi. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers also broke three storefronts and ransacked several homes.

Eight other Palestinians were detained in Nablus district, the Palestinian Authority said, without specifying the exact locations.

They were identified as Muhammad Subhi Abd al-Rahim, Ward Jihad Abu Rizq, Akram al-Beyaah, Alaa Iqab Mansour, Akram Muhammad Hussein, Sami Yasser Salih, Thaer Taysir Salih and Muhammad Atiyeh Hannun.

The Israeli army spokesperson said nine Palestinians had been detained in the city of Nablus.

Israeli forces detained at least eight people in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.

They identified those arrested in the cities of Ramallah, Birzeit and Beitin as Ayman Abu Iram, Sami Hussein, Said al-Qasrawi, 22, Faraj Rummanah, Ibrahim al-Sabiaa, Yazan Khalid Hamid, Samir Khalid Hamid, and Samir Jamal Hamid.

The Israeli army spokesperson said four “Hamas operatives” were detained south and southwest of Ramallah, another in Birzeit, and one Palestinian was detained south of Ramallah for unspecified reasons.

In Hebron district in the southern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces raided the town of al-Samu and detained Jibril al-Hawamda, 24.

The Israeli army confirmed that they detained one person in the Hebron area.

Israeli forces also said they detained one person, identified by Palestinian sources as Muhammad Munjid Khallaf, in the town of Doha southwest of Bethlehem city.

A resident of Jericho identified as Fawzi Muhammad al-Raal was reportedly detained at a checkpoint east of Bethlehem.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,900 Palestinians were being imprisoned by Israel as of January 2016, including 650 in administrative detention.
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