BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians, including at least four minors, in predawn detention raids Tuesday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank. The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and 78 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, 300 of whom were minors.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Tuesday that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin.
According to the statement, Israeli forces detained Omar Hamarsha from the village of Yaabad and confiscated a vehicle belonging to his father, Adnan Hamarsha, who is a former prisoner in Israel.
In the village of Bartaa, Israeli forces detained Muhammad Hamdan Kanash, 27, and Muhammad Jamal Masoud, 22.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions in Bartaa to Ma’an, but did not mention any detentions in Yaabad.
Meanwhile in the district of Tulkarem, three Palestinians were detained, according to PPS.
The three were identified as Hamza Abdullah Yousif and Mumin Abu Sbeika from the village of Farun, and Bassam Abd al-Fattah Hamshari from the village of Izbat al-Jarad.
The Israeli army confirmed the two detentions in Farun, but did not mention any detentions in Izbat al-Jarad. Additionally, the army spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained in the village of Dhinnaba.
Central & Southern West Bank
In the al-Jalazun refugee camp, located in the central Ramallah district, Israeli forces detained three Palestinian teenagers, according to PPS. The three were identified as Usayd Murad Nakhla, 17, Sufian Muhammad Sharaka, 18, and Muhammad Nidal Elayyan, 16.
The Israeli army confirmed three detentions from al-Jalazun.
In the Jerusalem district, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Ziyad Shamasna, 18, and Bilal Mustafa Shamasna, 19, from the town of Qatanna.
The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions from Qatanna, adding that one Palestinian was detained from the Jerusalem-area town of Biddu.
In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained Mustafa Bassam, according to PPS.
In the Hebron district, Israeli forces detained three "teenagers" from the al-Arrub refugee camp, a young man from the village of Idhna, and a young man from the town of Yatta.
PPS identified the detainees as Wadi Muhammad Badawi, 16, Abd al-Fattah Khalid Mahfouth, 16, and Muntasir Ahmad from al-Arrub camp, in addition to Mutasem Billah al-Jiyawi from Idhna, Ali Abdullah al-Arouri, 22 from Yatta.
The Israeli army confirmed one detention from Idhna and one from Yatta, saying the detainees were “Hamas operatives.”