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Israeli forces detain former prisoner in al-Khader

Oct. 17, 2018 5:13 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 2:17 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian former prisoner from the al-Khader village in southern Bethlehem district in the central occupied West Bank, on Wednesday afternoon.

Coordinator of a local committee against the separation wall and settlements, Ahmad Salah, said that Israeli forces detained former prisoner 54-year-old Rizq Ali Khader Salah, as he was working in his land in the al-Abasiya area of the village.

He added that Salah had previously spent 21 years in Israeli jails and was released in a prisoner exchange deal, known as the “Shalit Deal” in 2012.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,640 Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons.

About 20,000 dunams of the village's historical 22,000 dunams are almost entirely cut off by the Israeli separation wall and house three illegal settlements, Efrat, Elazar and Neve Daniel, according to the al-Khader municipality.

These settlements, which cover nearly 2,800 dunams (692 acres), are part of a larger block, known as Gush Etzion, which accommodates more than 60,000 settlers.

Once an agricultural village, Israeli settlers have seized large swathes of al-Khader's farmland, and have uprooted olive trees and regularly attack Palestinian farmers trying to reach their land.

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