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Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in raids

March 13, 2017 5:12 P.M. (Updated: March 14, 2017 12:32 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians, including a teenage girl, in multiple areas across the occupied Palestinian territory Monday morning.

According to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), eight Palestinians were detained from the Jerusalem area in predawn raids, identified as Karim Abu Tayih, Ayman Abu Tayih, Muhammad Abu Hamam, Mahmoud Abu Nab, Hatem Shweiki, Wael Karawa, Wael Abu Rmouz, and 17-year-old girl Sundus al-Julani.

The PPS statement also noted the detention of Mahmoud Matar and his wife later Monday morning, who were detained after their son Ibrahim was shot and killed in occupied East Jerusalem in what the Matar family has called a “cold blooded execution.” Ibrahim’s brother Rida and his uncle Mahmoud were also detained in the raid.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, PPS said that three Palestinians were detained, identified as Malik al-Jaabari from Hebron city, Rabi Jawad al-Zaaqiq from Beit Ummar northwest of Hebron, and 48-year-old Salim Mahmoud Tarayra from the village of Bani Naim northeast of Hebron, who is the father of 16-year-old Issa Tarayra -- killed by Israeli forces last September.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three detentions, claiming that al-Jaabari was detained for being a “Hamas operative.”

In the Jordan Valley village of al-Jiflik north of Jericho, Israeli forces detained Ibrahim Salim Abu Dalakh, Muhammad Ghaith Abu Dalakh, Nawaf Jahalin, and Yasser Abu Hattab, according to PPS.

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed two detentions in al-Jiftlik.

Israeli forces also detained Tariq Maher Zakarna from Qabatiya in the Jenin district, 31-year-old Muhammad al-Zghari Suleiman Abu Jaber from Tulkarem, and Jumaa al-Dusqi from al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah. An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed the detentions in Qabatiya and al-Jalazun.

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.

Israel commonly detains family members of Palestinians slain while committing attacks or alleged attacks, a practice that has been widely condemned as collective punishment and illegal under international law.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, 53 of whom were women and 300 of them minors. Some 420 Palestinians were detained throughout the month of February alone -- including 70 minors and 22 women and girls.
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