BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians, including seven minors, during overnight raids between Tuesday and Wednesday
across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.
According to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), a 14-year-old Palestinian child was detained by Israeli forces from the city of Jerusalem on Tuesday. However, no further details were provided on the circumstances of the detention.
Israeli forces also detained seven Palestinians from the Ramallah al-Bireh district on Tuesday, identified by PPS as Muhammad Nassal al-Amir, 12, Rami Thib Saleh, 12, and his brother Luay, 12, in addition to Khader Abd al-Hafith al-Tamimi, 19, Muhammad Jamal al-Tamimi, 21, all from the town of Deir Nidham, and Luay Abd al-Rahman Solh, 24, and Imad Wajih Saleh, 27, at the Attara checkpoint.
In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the Tulkarem district, identified by PPS as Bahaa al-Din Nathmi Jayyusi, 53, while Muhammad Moussa Yassin was detained in Jenin.
Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, at least six Palestinians were detained, including three minors. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained from the al-Arrub refugee camp, while two more were detained in Hebron city.
PPS identified three Palestinians detained in al-Arrub as Sharif Wael Ballasi, 15, Hamzeh al-Sharif, 16, and Saif al-Sharif, 15. The additional detainee was not identified.
Ramadan Darwish Abu Rmouz, 51, and his brother Shaaban, 47, were detained in Hebron city, according to PPS.
Later on Wednesday, Israeli forces detained another Palestinian from Hebron, identified by locals as Munther al-Fakhouri, after raiding and searching his home in the Jawhar mountain in Hebron.
According to Israeli media, Israeli forces allegedly found a locally made weapon in al-Fakhouri’s possession.
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.