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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians, including 12-year-old boy, in overnight raids

March 2, 2017 4:14 P.M. (Updated: March 2, 2017 5:10 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians, including a 12-year-old child, during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Wednesday and Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that seven Palestinians were detained in the Hebron district of the southern West Bank.

The organization identified them as Amjad Qaisiya, Mansour Salim al-Qudsi, Omar Masalma, Farouq Hussein Masalma, Asif Hussein Shalash, Ali Amr Sweiti, and Anas Muhammad al-Zghir.

Locals told Ma’an that Sweiti, Omar, and Farouq Masalma were detained in the village of Beit Awwa, while Shalash was detained in Dura, and al-Qudsi and al-Zghir were detained in Hebron city.

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed the two detentions in Hebron city.

The spokesperson could not immediately confirm whether the Qaisiya who was detained overnight was related to Saadi Qaisiya, who was killed by a settler on Wednesday at the illegal outpost of Havat More after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.

In the Bethlehem district, PPS reported the detentions of four Palestinians, including Rami al-Ahmar, Ali Asaad, and Nael Abu Bakr.

PPS added that Israeli forces detained 12 year-old Humam Ahmad Radi from Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp.

The army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Aida.

Locals added that Israeli forces closed a printing shop in the Bethlehem-area Duheisha refugee camp for allegedly printing “inciting materials,” in the latest Israeli military operation against Palestinian print shops.

In the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, PPS said Muhammad Habib al-Khatib, 17, was detained in Hizma, while Tamer Wajih Mansour and Ahmad Muhammad Bidwan were detained in Biddu.

The Israeli army confirmed all three detentions.

In the northern West Bank, PPS stated that Israeli forces detained Firas Salah Sawalma in Tubas, while Muhammad Malaa was detained in the village of Beita in the Nablus district.

The army only confirmed the Beita detention.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, including 300 minors, 11 of whom were under the age of 16.
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