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Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians from Kobar

Dec. 31, 2018 12:16 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 2, 2019 4:55 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians from the Kobar village in Ramallah City in the central occupied West Bank, on predawn Monday.

Israeli bulldozers sealed the road connecting Kobar with the adjacent village of Burham using dirty mounds.

Locals reported that Israeli forces raided and searched dozens of homes, broke down the front doors of some and damaged property.

Israeli forces also interrogated residents of raided homes, including Saleh al-Barghouthi's wife, Shayma al-Rimawi, who was interrogated for hours; Israeli soldiers confiscated al-Rimawi's mobile.

Israeli forces raided al-Rimawi's brother's house, journalist Alaa al-Rimawi, in the al-Bireh City, confiscated all mobiles and computers and reportedly "stole" 7,000 ILS from the house.

In the Beit Rima town, north of Ramallah City, Israeli forces raided the house of al-Rimawi's father, Hassan al-Rimawi.

Saleh al-Barghouthi, 29, was shot by Israeli forces near Ramallah on December 12; initial reports said that al-Barghouthi was shot and killed after carrying out an attack against Israelis, however, his family says that Saleh was detained alive and might have died in custody.

Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq had sent a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures regarding the enforced disappearance of al-Barghouthi.

Locals say that the raids, detentions and closure of roads in the village are part of Israel's "collective punishment" policy against the village following al-Bsrghouthi's alleged attack.

Al-Bargouthi's father, Omar, 66, and brother were detained by Israeli forces following the incident and are still held.

The detainees were identified as Jawdat Sarhan al-Barghouthi, Muhammad Sarhan al-Barghouthi, Muhammad Munir al-Barghouthi, Muhannad Rayyan al-Barghouthi, Miqdad Zahi al-Barghouthi, Ismail Zahi al-Barghouthi, Zahi Ismail al-Barghouthi, Sarallah Sarhan al-Barghouthi, Sheikh Yasser al-Fahl and Nael Omar Yassin.

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