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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians across occupied West Bank, Jerusalem

Nov. 15, 2016 10:25 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 15, 2016 2:33 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- At least 16 Palestinian were detained by Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank on Monday evening and during predawn raids Tuesday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Locals from the southern Hebron district told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians between Monday night and predawn Tuesday.

Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad from the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, said Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ahmad Khumayyis, 37, after ransacking his house in the al-Bayada neighborhood around dawn.

Awad added that Israeli soldiers broke into several other homes in the al-Bayada and Irq al-Lattoun neighborhoods, claiming they were searching for “wanted Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained Abd al-Qadir Jabir al-Titi and his brother Shamikh from the nearby al-Arrub refugee camp.

Separately, Israeli forces detained Dirar Nayif al-Fakhouri from the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron city on Monday evening, after soldiers claimed they found a knife in his possession.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they would look into reports of al-Fakhouri’s detention and alleged knife possession.

Local sources in occupied East Jerusalem told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed Silwan and al-Issawiya neighborhoods, and detained six Palestinian teenagers. Their identities remained unknown.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli forces detained two 13-year-old boys from Silwan on Tuesday morning.

The two, she said, were suspected of throwing stones at four tourists travelling in a private Israeli vehicle last Friday in Silwan.

She added that the boys confessed to the charges, highlighting that more suspects would be arrested

In the Bethlehem area village of Hussan, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian teenagers, who their families identified as Abd al-Rahman Tahir Zaol, 15, and Muhammad Issam Sabatin, 15.

The Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces had detained a total of seven Palestinians from across the West Bank, identifying one from Nablus, two from the Qalqiliya district, one from Beit Ummar in Hebron, two from the village of Hussan in the Bethlehem district, and one from the village of Kobar in the central district of Ramallah.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 169 military detention raids over the past two weeks.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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