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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians in predawn raids across the West Bank

Aug. 16, 2017 2:50 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2017 5:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Tuesday and Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources told Ma’an.

In the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained Haitham Ghawadra in the village of Bir al-Basha.

PPS said three Palestinians -- identified as Rami Iqab Jaber, his brother Abd al-Rahman Iqab Jaber, and al-Muhtadi Billah Abu Zeitoun -- were detained in the Tulkarem district.

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed two detentions in the Tulkarem district to Ma’an, adding that they took place in the village of Shweika.

In the central West Bank, the army listed one detention in the Ramallah-district village of Deir Abu Mashaal, and four others in the Jerusalem-area town of Abu Dis.

PPS did not mention the Abu Dis detentions, but identified the Palestinian detained in Deir Abu Mashaal as 40-year-old Taha Dar Taha.

In the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained Bassam Ibrahim al-Salihi during a raid in al-Duheisha refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained in al-Duheisha.

PPS said five Palestinians were detained across the Hebron district, identifying them as Nassim Nayif Awawda, Murad Taysir Omar, Akram Samara, Kamal Muhammad Idriss, and Adel al-Bakri.

The Israeli army only mentioned four detentions in the Hebron district, listing one detention in Hebron City, one in the village of al-Ramadin, one in al-Burj, and one in al-Dhahiriya.

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 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

In an earlier version of this report, Ma'an mistakenly reported that Raed al-Salihi was shot during the raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp when his brother Bassam was detained. He had in fact been shot and detained a week prior to Bassam's detention, during a raid on Aug. 9. Raed later succumbed to his critical injuries on Sep. 3. Ma'an regrets this error.

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