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33 Palestinians detained, several injured in overnight West Bank raids

Aug. 9, 2017 5:55 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2017 10:36 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 33 Palestinians during overnight raids between Tuesday and Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

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.

Northern West Bank

In the Jenin district, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian from the village of Yaabad, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

In the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from Nablus City, according to local sources.

Locals said that Muhammad Wajih Qatt, 28, was detained by Israeli soldiers from the Madama town in southern Nablus while, Qutaiba Abd al-Karim Azem, 26, was detained from the village of Sabastiya in northwestern Nablus.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained from Madama, and one from Sabastiya.

In the Tulkarem district, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS identified the three detainees as Ahmad Muhammad Bashir al-Jayyusi, 26, and Bakr Muhammad Salim Khreiwish, 27, from the Tulkarem refugee camp, and Ashraf Abed al-Hafez Khalid Thaher, 26, from the village of Iktaba.

The Israeli army mentioned no detentions in Tulkarem.

In the Qalqiliya-area village of Azzun, Israeli forces searched more than thirty houses, according to locals, and detained eight Palestinians.

The eight were identified as as Ali Husam Sweidan, Bahaa Samir Shilo, Abd al-Aziz Farid Hussein, Yahiya Qaher Abu Haniyeh, Abd al-Aziz Qaher Abu Haniyeh, Othman Samir Shilo, Nidal Shaker Radwan and Mustafa Sufiyan Riyashi.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed only six detentions in Azzun.

Central West Bank

In the Ramallah-area, Israeli forces raided the village of Kobar, sparking clashes with locals that left 15 Palestinians injured, some with live fire.

Israeli forces, according to locals, detained a total of five Palestinians.

Two of the detainees were arrested from their homes, and were identified as Abd al-Jalil al-Abed and Ibrahim al-Abed, the father and uncle of 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, who was shot and detained by Israeli forces last month after he stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers in the nearby illegal Halamish settlement.

Abd al-Jalil al-Abed, left, Omar al-Abed, right

Southern West Bank

In the Bethlehem-area al-Duheisha refugee camp, two Palestinians were detained after they were shot and injured by Israeli forces during a raid on the camp.

In the Tuqu town in southeastern Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after raiding and searching their homes.

The detainees were identified by locals as Thib Muhammad al-Umour, 43, his son Mahmoud, 15, Nizar Khalil al-Umour, 16, Mahmoud Ziyad al-Umour, 15, and Amir Wahid al-Umour, 15.

Witnesses added that clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces during the raid, and that no injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed five detentions in Tuqu.

Meanwhile, an Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement that the Israeli police, border guards and Shin Bet -- Israel’s internal intelligence agency -- forces raided the al-Azzeh refugee camp in Bethlehem City, and captured “many military equipments and other items suspected to be stolen, including military uniforms and shoes.”

Al-Samri added that “large amounts of arms and an airsoft gun, made to resemble an M16 gun, and several Molotov cocktails” were seized. She said that no one was detained and that investigations were still ongoing.

In the Hebron district, local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians, including a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hebron City’s Chief of Police.

Local and security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained PFLP leader Badran Jaber after raiding and searching his home in Hebron City.

Hebron’s Police Chief Major Nasser Maswadi was also detained from his home in Hebron City, with sources adding that Israeli forces had raided Maswadi’s house several times since the beginning of the week.

Israeli forces also detained Amjad Salhab and Youssef Halayqa from the al-Shuyoukh town in northeastern Hebron.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained from Hebron city, and that one was detained from the town of Yatta. She made no mention of detentions in al-Shuyoukh.

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