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Israeli forces detain 20 Palestinians, including lawmaker

March 21, 2017 5:23 P.M. (Updated: March 21, 2017 7:17 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 20 Palestinians, including a lawmaker, during overnight raids between Monday and Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, locals told Ma’an that Israeli troops detained Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Muhammad al-Tal in the village of al-Dhahiriya.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a detention in al-Dhahiriya to Ma’an.

Al-Tal, a Hamas-affiliated MP, had previously been detained by Israeli forces on at least three occasions in 2006, 2009, and 2010.

At least three other Hamas MPs have been detained by Israeli forces since the beginning of the month.

Elsewhere in the Hebron district, locals reported that Tamara Zein and her 16-year-old son Ahmad al-Najjar were detained in the village of Yatta, while Khader Idriss Nammura was detained in Dura.

The army spokesperson did not mention detentions in Yatta, but listed two in Dura.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, meanwhile, said that Israeli border police detained a woman in Yatta for allegedly producing forged documents such as Israeli IDs and work permits. Computers, printers, and 85,000 shekels ($23,525) were seized as part of the raid.

In the Masafer Yatta area, also known as the South Hebron Hills, Israeli forces reportedly confiscated a bulldozer and a truck owned by Wael Ali Shreiti, a resident of the village of Shiaab al-Butum who locals said was using the tools to build a dirt road to connect neighboring villages with one another.

The Israeli army, meanwhile, reported two detentions in the Bethlehem district -- one in Beit Jala and one in the city of Bethlehem.

In the central occupied West Bank, the army said one Palestinian was detained in the Ramallah-area village of Abud, while two others were detained in Qarawat Bani Hassan in the Salfit district.

In Jenin, the northernmost district of the West Bank, the army listed two detentions in al-Zababida, one in Anza, and another in the Jenin refugee camp.

In Israel, al-Samri reported that six Palestinians were detained for working at a construction site in the central town of Hod HaSharon.

Al-Samri added in a statement that two of the detained were a father and his 17-year-old son from the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, including four PLC lawmakers and 350 Palestinians from Gaza.
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