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Israeli forces detain 26 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Dec. 21, 2016 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2016 6:13 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 26 Palestinians, including seven minors, in raids across the occupied West Bank between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian sources reported.

Hebron and Bethlehem districts

In the southernmost West Bank district of Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained six Palestinians, identified as Alaa Mazen Abu Dabus, 24, Hassan Rafiq Dababsa, Ihab Anwar Hawwarin, Muhammad Zamil Ishneiwar, Uday Kamil, and Hamza al-Rajabi.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in the Hebron district, listing one in the village of Yatta, and another in al-Dhahiriya.

In the Bethlehem district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained seven minors in the village of Beit Fajjar. The group identified them as Ahmad Muhammad Taqatqa, Ahmad Nidal Taqatqa, Muhammad Ayman Taqatqa, Ibrahim Jibril Taqatqa, Radi Salah Taqatqa, Iyad Nader Taqatqa, all 15 years old, and Yazan Nabil Deriyeh, 17.

Ramallah and Salfit districts

In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, PPS reported that Muhammad Majid Khalaf and Fakher Ruslan Hamad were detained in the village of Rantis.

The Israeli army confirmed two detentions in Rantis.

Meanwhile, PPS said that brothers Mahmoud and Abd al-Karim al-Yousif were detained in the Salfit district.

The army said that two Palestinians were detained in the Salfit-area village of Kifl Haris

Qalqiliya and Nablus districts

In the northern West Bank, PPS reported that Muhammad Abd al-Fattah Abu Haniyeh, 18, was detained in the Qalqiliya district.

In the Nablus district, the organization and Palestinian security forces reported that Muntaser Talal Dweikat, Mahmoud Ali Badrasawi, Walid Jamal Assida, 23, Asid Khalid Rihan, 23, Talib Samir Silwadi, and brothers Muath and Majid Bilal Shtayeh were detained overnight by Israeli forces.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Dweikat is the son of Nablus Mayor Talal Dweikat, and that Assida, Rihan, Silwadi, and the Shtayeh brothers were all detained in the village of Tell..

The Israeli army did not mention detentions in the city of Nablus or in Tell, but told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Askar refugee camp.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of October, including some 400 minors. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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