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Israeli forces detain 28 Palestinians, including mother of Halamish attacker

July 25, 2017 1:41 P.M. (Updated: July 25, 2017 6:14 P.M.)
Israeli forces raid Shufat refugee camp. Jan. 17, 2017 (Source: Israeli police spokesperson)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Amid growing tension in the occupied Palestinian territory surrounding the events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, with ten Palestinians and five Israelis killed in the past 11 days, Israeli forces have continued massive detention campaigns across the West Bank between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

At least 28 Palestinians were detained in the raids, including the mother of the 19-year-old Palestinian who stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers on Friday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation. According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,300 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of June.

Northern West Bank

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that nine Palestinians were detained from the northern West Bank districts of Jenin, Nablus, and Qalqiliya.

The spokesperson said that two Palestinians were detained from the Jenin refugee camp. In the Nablus area, one Palestinian was detained from the village of Beit Eiba, one from the village of Tel, and one from the Ein Beit El Mai refugee camp.

Meanwhile, three Palestinians were detained from Qalqiliya city, while another was detained form the Qalqiliya-area village of Azzun.

Central West Bank

In the Salfit district, the Israeli army reported detaining one Palestinian from the village of Bruqin. In the Jericho district, one Palestinian was detained from the Ein al-Sultan refugee camp.

Five Palestinians were detained in the Ramallah district, with the Israeli army saying that three were detained from the village of Kobar, one from the village of Nilin, and one from Budrus.

Local sources in Kobar, the hometown of 18-year-old Omar al-Abed, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained al-Abed’s mother, Ibtisam, and seized 6,000 shekels ($1,679) from the family's home, which is set to be punitively demolished by Israeli forces.

The Times of Israel reported that Ibtisam al-Abed was detained for "aggravated incitement" over a video in which she allegedly praises her son's actions, saying she was proud of him and hoped for his release from prison.

Separately, locals from the Ramallah-area village of Bilin told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained local activist Abdullah Abu Rahma at a flying checkpoint set up at the entrance to the village, while Rahma was on his way to work early Tuesday morning.

His brother, Ratib Abu Rahma, told Ma'an that Israeli troops stopped Abdullah's private car at the checkpoint, seized the car, and took him to an unknown destination.

Southern West Bank

In the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the village of Tuqu, one from Beit Fajjar, and two from Husan, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

Local social media news outlets also reported that Abd al-Hadi Manaa was detained in a violent raid in al-Duheisha refugee camp overnight.

The spokesperson said that five Palestinians were detained from the Hebron district, identifying one detention from Beit Ummar, one from Yatta, two from Dura, and one from Khirbet Rabud.

Late Monday night, locals from the Bethlehem-area town of al-Khader and the Hebron-area town of Sair reported to Ma’an that clashes broke out between Israeli forces and local Palestinian youth after Israeli forces raided the towns, firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who threw stones at the armed soldiers.
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