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Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Sept. 29, 2017 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 11:46 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians during raids in the occupied West Bank between Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to local Palestinian sources.

Israeli forces detained 522 Palestinians, including 130 minors and 16 women, over the course of the month of August, according to a joint report released Palestinian institutions focusing on prisoners' rights.

The total number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons reached 6,300 prisoners, the report said, 64 of them women. Among them are 10 girls under the age of 18 and 300 underage boys, 450 administrative detainees imprisoned without charge or trial, and 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Palestinian parliament.

Overnight West Bank raids

In the northern West Bank district of Jenin, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians from the Yaabad town, including an unspecified number of minors .

Locals identified the detainees as Nour Abd al-Karim Atatra, Nidal Yaqoub Infeiat and his brother Qaisar, Abdullah Harzallah, Shamel Farouq Harzallah, Izz Farouq Harzallah, Arafat Husni Amr and one of his children who remained unidentified, Taher Jawad Badarneh, Sharaf Abu Bakr, Mutaz Abu Bakr, Amer Baajawi, Khalid al-Qneiri and Nizar Atatra.

In the southern West Bank Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians identified as Mustafa Salim Abu Aker, 17, from the Aida refugee camp, and Iyad Mahmoud Taqatqa, 32, and Wajdi Kamal Thawabteh, 27, from the Beit Fajjar town.

Meanwhile in the Hebron-area town of al-Shuyoukh, Israeli forces delivered interrogation summons to two brothers that locals identified as Qassam and Majd Moussa Halayqa.

Qassam and Majd are former prisoners while their father, Moussa Abdullah Halayqa, is serving a 22-year sentence in Israeli prison.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that nine Palestinians were detained in overnight raids, and did not specify from which towns or villages they were detained.

Undercover Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinians

In the central West Bank town of Biddu, located in the Jerusalem district, undercover Israeli forces detained three Palestinian “youths” on Thursday evening after a raiding a home in the town.

Clashes erupted during the raid, as Palestinian youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces in attempts to prevent them from stepping out of the military vehicles they were riding.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld wrote in a statement that Thursday night street protests have been ongoing in Biddu since a Palestinian from the neighbhoring village of Beit Surik carried out a deadly attack on Israeli forces outside the adjacent illegal Israeli settlement Har Adar.

He said the three Palestinian "suspects" that were detained in Biddu by undercover forces were "involved directly in riots against police and border police. Both intelligence, technology and undercover units together operated in the area of the Palestinian village of Biddu."

Israeli forces detain Palestinian from gas station, assault station employees

On Friday morning, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian “youth” while he was working at a gas station in Hebron city in the southern West Bank, according to locals.

Locals told Ma’an that forces detained Alaa Tareq Abu Rajab and confiscated an undisclosed amount of money that he had in his possession.

Sources added that during the detention, Israeli forces assaulted three other employees.

Alaa Abu Rajab

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