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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians from West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza

May 22, 2018 12:28 P.M. (Updated: May 22, 2018 2:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians during predawn raids on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to official Palestinian and Israeli army sources.

Israeli military detention raids in the occupied Palestinian territory are a near-nightly occurrence.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, as of April, 6,036 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons.

West Bank

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 11 Palestinians were detained from the West Bank overnight.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that nine Palestinians were detained from the West Bank.

According to PPS, four Palestinians were detained from the southern West Bank district of Hebron. They were identified as Yahiya al-Hur, Ahmad Jawabreh, Muhammad al-Sharabati and Qusai Jawabreh.

Locals told Ma’an that Yahiya al-Hur, who they said was a teenager, was detained from the al-Arroub refugee camp.

Another Palestinian, identified as Ismail Abu Rahmeh, was detained from the Ramallah-area village of Bilin, in the central West Bank.

Locals also reported that Israeli forces raided the central West Bank town of Abu Dis, in the Jerusalem district, sparking clashes with local residents. No detentions were reported in the area.

In the northern West Bank district of Jenin, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian, identified as Omar Izz al-Din.

East Jerusalem

In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the neighborhood of Issawiya. They were identified as Muhammad Jihad Elayyan, Wadie Daoud Elayyan and Muhammad Zakariyya Elayyan.

Gaza Strip

Meanwhile, in the Gaza Strip, head of the documentation unit at the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, Abd al-Nasser Farawneh, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a man at the Erez crossing in northern Gaza.

Farawneh identified the man as Bilal Ayman al-Astal from Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Al-Astal had allegedly been summoned to the crossing for an interview to receive a medical permit, and was detained after the interview.

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