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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians overnight, including MP, journalist, and young boy

March 23, 2017 6:09 P.M. (Updated: March 24, 2017 11:57 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians -- including a lawmaker, a journalist, and a 13-year-old boy -- in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem between Wednesday and Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Rights groups say that Israel's detention of Palestinians has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians -- including four lawmakers and 300 minors -- were imprisoned by Israel as of January.

Northern West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Ibrahim Dahbour from the village of Arraba in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

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

In the Tulkarem district, PPS said that journalist Yousif al-Shalab was detained in the village of Attil, while Muthana Abdullah Sadla, 26, was detained in the village of Anabta.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two Tulkarem detentions, claiming that the two were “Hamas operatives.”

In the Nablus district, PPS reported the detention of Assim al-Shinar, 19, without specifying the municipality from which he was detained.

The army spokesperson, meanwhile, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp -- where tensions have been running high between local fighters and Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces -- as well as another detention elsewhere in the Nablus area.

Central West Bank and East Jerusalem

In the district of Qalqiliya, PPS said that Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians -- identifying them as Tahsin Daoud, Firas Abu Alba, Walid Jourani, Hamza Houtri, Nassim Houtri, Mamoun Rafiq Ishteiwi, and Nader Abd al-Rahim Omar.

Popular resistance committee coordinator Murad Shteiwi told Ma’an that Ishteiwi, 40, and Omar, 27, were detained in the village of Kafr Qaddum.

In the Ramallah district village of Deir Nidham, locals said that Israeli forces detained 13-year-old Ragheb Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Tamimi at dawn.

They added that Tamimi had recently undergone surgery and was still recovering from the unspecified procedure.

The army confirmed a detention in Deir Nidham.

PPS meanwhile stated that Bassam al-Qabr, 16, and Mazen Shweiki were detained in East Jerusalem.

However, it remained unclear whether PPS was referring to Mazen Rafaat Shweiki, a Jerusalemite who was assaulted by an Israeli police officer on Thursday morning, but not detained.

Southern West Bank

PPS reported the detention of Murad Ali Asakra in the Bethlehem district. The army did not mention any detentions in the Bethlehem area.

In the village of Taffuh in the Hebron district, PPS said that Israeli forces raided a blacksmith workshop in Taffuh and confiscated a lathe allegedly being used for manufacturing weapons.

The army spokesperson meanwhile said that three Palestinians, two of whom they claimed were Hamas operatives, were detained in the city of Hebron.
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