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Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians, 2 minors, during overnight West Bank raids

Dec. 26, 2016 1:37 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 26, 2016 8:25 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians, including two minors, during overnight raids in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Hebron

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Israeli forces detained Majid Tayser al-Titi for the al-Arrub refugee camp and Ismail Ahmad Hawamda from the village of al-Samu.

Local sources in Hebron told Ma’an that Israeli forces installed several checkpoints in the north and south of the district, stopping and searching Palestinian vehicles.

In the Hebron area town of Beit Ummar, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided at dawn homes in the town, using dogs to search the homes and “terrify Palestinian citizens. “

Awad said that Israeli forces searched the homes of Issa Mousa Rashid Awad, Zaid Awad, 35, and a small shop that sells cigarettes and tobacco. Forces used the dogs during the searches, which caused damages to the homes.

Awad added that during the raid, Israeli forces summoned Issa Awad’s 22-year-old son, a former prisoner who spent two years in Israeli prison, for interrogation at the Gush Etzion military center.

Awad said that Israeli forces also assaulted Zaid Awad as he tried to prevent the soldiers from entering his house, adding that Israeli soldiers beat him in front of his wife and children and allowed a police dog to attack him.

The raid lasted for two hours before Israeli forces retreated, Awad added.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of the raid, the use of dogs, and the assault of of Zaid Awad.

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Jerusalem

According to PPS, Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians from the central occupied West Bank Jerusalem district.

The detainees were identified as 13 year-old Muhannad Abu Assab, 15 year-old Yazan Abu Assab, Anas Darwish, Ahmad Darwish, Ahmad al-Elmi, Abdullah al-Elme and 24 year-old Imad Shmasna from Qatanna village northwest of Jerusalem.

Nablus

In the northern district of Nablus, Israeli forces forces detained Hatim Firas al-Zagha.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a total of four detentions to Ma’an, citing one “Hamas operative” from Nablus, one detainee from Qatanna, one from the al-Arrub refugee camp, and another “Hamas operative” in al-Samu.

Separately, the Israeli army published a video on Monday that shows Israeli forces detaining four Palestinians that were throwing rocks at Israeli settler cars along route 55 in the occupied West Bank.

The army did not publish the names of the detainees or the name of the exact location that the incident took place.

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