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4 minors among 30 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids

Aug. 3, 2017 4:29 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2017 6:20 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 30 Palestinians, including four minors, across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained Mousa Bulbul, Mutlaq al-Sadi, and Alaa Abahra from the Jenin district in the northern West Bank. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that two Palestinians were detained from Jenin city.

Israeli forces also detained Yousif Hasan al-Tayeh from al-Faraa refugee camp in the Tubas district and Muhammad Othman Daas from the Qalqiliya district, according to PPS. An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinians were detained in Qalqiliya, one of whom was detained in Qalqiliya city.

In Nablus, Israeli forces detained Nidal Shatawi from Ein Beit al-Mai refugee camp in Nablus, PPS said. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two additional detentions in Nablus were carried out in the village of Salim and Nablus city.

In the Salfit district, PPS reported that 25-year-old Yousif Misleh al-Dik was detained by Israeli forces.

In the central West Bank, Israeli forces detained 19-year-old Qusai Fahel and Nawras Muhammad Barghouti in the village of Kobar, which has been the site of closures and frequent raids in recent weeks after a resident carried out a stabbing attack last month on Israel’s illegal Halamish settlement that left three Israelis dead.

Meanwhile, Israeli police reported that 15 Palestinians were detained from various neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem for their alleged involvement in recent protests around Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa.

PPS identified eight of the Palestinians detained in East Jerusalem as Sajid Ghoul, 21, Muhammad Nasser Halabi, 17, Muhammad Ziad Eid, 17, Omar Muhammad Abu al-Hawa, 17, Yousif Abu al-Hawa, 19, Ashraf Abu Jumaa, 19, Waleed Sayad, 20, and Dawood Abu Sbitan, 20.

In the southern West Bank, PPS stated that 15 year-old Suhaib Muhammad al-Emor from the village of Tuqu in the Bethlehem district was detained, while Israeli forces detained Saqer al-Sharawi, 25, and Anan Zakout, 23 from the Hebron district. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detention in Tuqu.

The Israeli army also noted that a detention was carried out in the Jordan Valley. However, it remained unclear in which specific village.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated that 6,128 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of July, including 480 residents of East Jerusalem.
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