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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians in Hebron

Feb. 18, 2017 3:57 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2017 7:25 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained five Palestinians in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron during predawn raids on Saturday.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided and searched several houses in al-Fawwar refugee camp and detained Muhammad Muath Hleiqawi, Ahmad Hassan Hleiqawi, and Amin Jabr Asfour.

Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians at an Israeli checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Hagai in southern Hebron, identified by locals as Ahmad Fawzi Ratib al-Tubasi and Nasser Talal al-Tubasi from the village of al-Rihiya.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided several houses in neighborhoods in central Hebron, including the home of Jihad Irsheid, father of Dania and Uday, both of whom were killed by Israeli forces within a few months of each other in 2015. Irsheid was also delivered a notice to meet with Israeli intelligence.

Dania,17, was killed in October 2015 after Israeli forces alleged that she had attempted to carry out a stabbing attack, while Uday, 24, was killed some two months later after Israeli forces shot him with live ammunition during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

Israeli forces routinely target family members of slain Palestinians during raids of Palestinian neighborhoods, villages, and refugee camps, which rights groups have said amounts to a policy of collective punishment.

Israeli forces also raided a library near the Palestine Polytechnic University campus belonging to Majdi al-Karaki, and confiscated several files and computer storage devices, according to locals.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on overnight detentions and raids carried out on Saturday.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied territory on a near-daily basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, a total of 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, including 300 minors. The group estimates some 40 percent of the male Palestinian population has been incarcerated by Israel at some point in their lives.
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