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Israeli forces detain 2 brothers from al-Jalazun refugee camp, raid family home

Sept. 2, 2017 3:38 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2017 11:50 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth on Saturday from al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, a day after his brother was also detained by Israeli forces.

The youth was identified by locals as Ammar Riyad Salam al-Tirawi, 19. His brother, Amer, 25, was detained during a dawn raid on Friday.

In both cases, locals told Ma’an the two Palestinians were assaulted during the detentions, and that soldiers had raided the family’s home, assaulted them, searched for weapons, and destroyed furniture during the raids on Friday and Saturday. However, no weapons were found in the house.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that since Friday night, a total of three Palestinians were detained in al-Jalazun refugee camp and that one Palestinian was also detained in the town of Silwad north of Ramallah.

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, 320 of whom were children. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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