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Israeli forces detain Palestinians, including 14-year-old boy in overnight raids

Dec. 11, 2016 10:54 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 11, 2016 5:22 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians, delivered interrogation summons to three others, and ransacked several homes during overnight detention raids across the occupied West Bank, according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources.

In the village of Hizma in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank, locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained 14-year-old Siraj al-Khatib from his house after raiding the village overnight. They highlighted that clashes broke out on Saturday evening between local youths and Israeli troops only hours before al-Khatib was detained.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces also raided the southern occupied West Bank town of Dura, west of Hebron city, and ransacked several homes before detaining resident Munir Abu Sharar.

North of Dura in Beit Ummar, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the Irq al-Lattoun neighborhood in the northern part of the town and ransacked the home of Ahmad Mahmoud Khmayyis.

The soldiers then delivered interrogation summonses to Khmayyis' sons Muhammad, 38, and Murad 35. The two were ordered to show at Israel’s Gush Etzion interrogation center for questioning by Israeli intelligence for unspecified reasons.

In the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, local sources told Ma'an that Israeli troops broke into home of Khader Mousa and delivered a warrant to his son Muhammad, demanding that he goes to Gush Etzion interrogation center for questioning on Monday.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an one detention from Dura, and added that two other Palestinians were detained from the occupied West Bank. The spokesperson cited one from the central Ramallah district’s al-Amari refugee camp, and one from the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu.

The spokesperson said they would look into reports of raids in Dura and Beit Ummar, as well as the delivery of interrogation summons to Muhammad and Murad Khmayyis.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 252 military detention raids between Nov. 15 and Nov. 28.

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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