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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians in overnight West Bank, East Jerusalem raids

Nov. 28, 2016 2:26 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 2:57 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians between Sunday evening and Monday dawn across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), six Palestinians were detained in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. PPS identified the detainees as Palestinian lawmaker Azzam Nuaman Salhab, Anas Hatem Qafisha, Asim Amr Ubeido, Ayman Qawasmeh, Islam Deib Maslama, 13, and Adham Akram al-Rujbi, 19.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained five “Hamas operatives” in the city of Hebron, and another Palestinian in the village of Beit Awwa.

In the Bethlehem district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Qasim Mahmoud Ayesh, 18, and Hamza Ibrahim Malash.

The army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was detained in the Bethlehem-area Aida refugee camp, while another was detained in the village of Artas.

In the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained 20 year-old Raed Anwar Shihda al-Khatib, 20, Muhammad Fahmi Yaqoub, and 21 year-old Yousif Nazmi Shamasna, the brother of slain Palestinian Muhammad Shamasna, PPS said.

The army reported one detention in the village of Qatanna, and one in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the Jerusalem district.

Elsewhere in the central West Bank, PPS reported the detention of Nour Fayiq Ghazawi in the al-Jalazun refugee camp, and of Imad Sawarqa in Jericho.

The army confirmed one detention in al-Jalazun, but did not give any information regarding detentions in the Jericho area.

Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem , PPS reported that Israeli police detained Mutasem Miswida, Yousif al-Natsheh, Ibrahim al-Natsheh, and Muntaser Siyam on Sunday evening.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 185 military detention raids between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14.

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