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Israeli forces detain 17 in overnight West Bank raids

July 27, 2017 5:29 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2017 6:17 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli and Palestinian sources told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained in the Nablus district in the northern West Bank -- three in the village of Qaryut, and one in the village of Salim.

In the district of Qalqiliya, the army spokesperson said Israeli forces detained one Palestinian in Qalqiliya city, and another in the village of Kafr Qaddum.

Relatives identified the Palestinian detained in Kafr Qaddum as 20-year-old Asef Hikmat Ali, adding that Israeli soldiers brutally raided the family’s home at around 2:30 a.m., before taking Ali to an unknown location.

In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli soldiers detained one Palestinian in the city of al-Bireh, and another in the village of Abu Shukheidim, the army spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that two Palestinians were detained in Bethlehem city.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained five Palestinians -- identified as Khalid Ali Tbeish, 30, Ahmad Ishaq Abu Hashhash, 32, Mahmoud Abd al-Halim al-Talahmeh, 25, Nawwaf Ahmad al-Jiawi, 47, and Waad al-Haq Arafat al-Hidmi, 25 -- during raids in the villages of Dura, Idhna, and Surif.

During the raid to detain al-Hidmi, Israeli forces reportedly confiscated the Palestinian’s vehicle, and took 7,000 shekels ($1,970) from his home.

Meanwhile, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad said that Israeli forces raided the village of Beit Ummar and detained Riyad Khdeir Marshud Sabarneh, 40, and Hammad Ahmad Hammad Abu Maria, 25.

Awwad said that Abu Maria was a former prisoner who had just been released on Sunday.

He added that Israeli forces also delivered a summon to former prisoner Mahmoud Yasser Muhammad Brighith, 25, who was released from Israeli custody 10 days ago after having spent three years in prison.

The Israeli army spokesperson listed seven detentions in the Hebron district -- two in Beit Ummar, two in Dura, one in Surif, one in Sair, and one in Khirbet Raqa.

They told Ma'an they would look into the reports of raids in Idhna.

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 a report released earlier this month, there were 6,300 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of June, including 300 minors and 486 Palestinians held under Israel’s contested policy of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.
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