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Israeli forces detain 2 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

March 25, 2017 3:51 P.M. (Updated: March 28, 2017 4:16 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem early Saturday morning after raiding their homes, according to a report from local watchdog the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

The report identified the two detainees as Amir Walid Bilbeisi, from the neighborhood of al-Sawaneh, and Abd al-Rahim Barbar from the Ras al-Amud area of Silwan.

Meanwhile, the center said Israeli police detained several Jerusalemite Palestinians, including minors, during raids on Friday afternoon, some of whom were identified as 17-year-old Issa Muhammad Jaabari, 16-year-old Yazan Hisham Jaabari, 14-year-old Siraj al-Din Marrish, Muhammad Shalabi, Alaa al-Din Natsheh, 21-year-old Muhammad Abu Shousheh, and 21-year-old Hamza Melhes.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment on the raids.

Meanwhile, when asked about overnight detentions carried out in the occupied West Bank, and Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the matter.

The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian community in occupied East Jerusalem has been subjected to what critics have called a “policy of reprisal" in recent months, referring to Israeli collective punishment measures in response to attacks or alleged attacks -- measures that rights groups say are illegal under international law.

The crackdown on Palestinian Jerusalemites has seen the escalation of violent night raids by Israeli police, carried out in breach of protocol and without proper search warrants.

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.
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