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Israeli forces detain 66 Palestinians, majority teenagers, in overnight raids

Oct. 23, 2017 12:48 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2017 1:33 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli detained at least 66 Palestinians during overnight raids Monday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 121 search and arrest operations across the West Bank and arrested 205 Palestinians, including nine children, between September 26 and October 9.

West Bank

The Israeli army said in a statement that 15 Palestinian youths were detained from the West Bank for "security purposes."

The army said that a gun was found during search and detentions raids in Hebron city, while another weapon was found in the Beit Fajjar village in Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

East Jerusalem

Israeli police forces raided the neighborhood of al-Issawiya overnight and detained 51 Palestinians after searching dozens of homes in the area.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that a large number of police forces stormed the neighborhood around midnight from all entrances “causing panic and fear among residents” while a helicopter flew overhead.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that 51 Palestinians were detained for "disrupting order" recently in al-Issawiya, including throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at security vehicles.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the local follow-up committee in al-Issawiya, told Ma’an that Israeli forces delivered interrogation summons to several Palestinian in the area -- including former prisoner Shirin al-Issawi -- and that forces raided the neighborhood again Monday morning while students were on their way to school.

Lawyer of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affair Muhammad Mahmoud, who visited detainees at different detention centers, said that he followed up on the cases of 27 of the detainees, who he said were all teenagers between the ages of 15 to 18.

He identified them as Muhammad Ibrahim Mustafa, Adam Khalid Abu Shammaleh, Ayyub Ali Abu al-Hummus, Saleh Badr Abu Assab, Udayy Ali Dirbas, Khalid Muhammad Ali, Walid Tawfiq Abu al-Hummus, Alaa Ahmad Dari, Abed al-Razeq Moussa Mustafa, Muhammad Ramadan Masri, Adam Kayid Mahmoud, Ahmad Eid Rumi, Wassim Iyad Dari, Yousif Issa Mustafa, Ahmad Abd al-Raoud Mahmoud, Muhammad Tawfiq Abu al-Hummus, Amir Othman Darwish, Muhammad Hussein Assid, Yousif Tariq Darwish, Imad Abu Riyaleh, Mahmoud Attiyeh, Qusay Ahmad Dari, Mamoun Bassel Mahmoud, Yazan al-Hirbawi, Majd Marwan Dari and Fadi al-Issawi.

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