Israel detains 36 Palestinians including 24 'Hamas operatives'

Published November 10th, 2015 - 08:53 GMT

Israeli forces detained 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday, including 24 alleged "Hamas operatives" in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a joint military, police and intelligence operation had "uncovered" a "vast Hamas network" in Qalqiliya. 

"Overnight, 24 operatives were arrested, including senior Hamas operatives who have been previously arrested for participated and planning Hamas terror activity," the statement said.

It said that "the heads of the network" had been "operating to renew Hamas activity in the area and plotting terror activity." 

It said the "network was directed, guided and funded by members of Hamas headquarters in Qatar and the Gaza Strip," adding that 35,000 shekels () of "terror funds" had been seized by Israeli forces.

Sources identified 20 of the detainees as Sameh Afanah, Muhammad Khader, Sheikh Yasir Hammad, Nour ad-Din Dawood, Abdullah Wlewel, Nidal Othman, Louy Freij, Qassam Masqawi, Jamal Dawood, Hussni Sharif al-Neel, Amir al-Jaabri, AbdulFattah Swelem, Abdul-Nasir Rabi, Ali Abu Khader, Muhammad Mardawi, Eiad Shubaki, Mujahed Nofal, Mahmoud Nofal, Amjad Hanatsh and Jafar Ghanem.

Qalqilya, which is almost entirely surrounded by Israel's separation wall, has seen a number of violent incidents in recent days. 

On Monday, a 24-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly attempting a stabbing attack at a military checkpoint. A day earlier, a 50-year-old Israeli man was stabbed and severely injured in the district.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained at least 12 other Palestinians in detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight.

In the town of Dura south of Hebron, Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces detained Ala Rayyan, Karam Mahmoud Ahmad Amr, Ahmad Hafez Saed Amr, and Amr Ezzat Amr after storming their homes. 

Israeli forces also reportedly detained Mahmoud Abdul Fattah Jawabreh from al-Arrub refugee camp, and summoned his father to Israeli intelligence.

In Hebron city, Israeli forces detained Mousa Muhammad al-Sayed, 20, from his house in Jabal al-Jawhar, locals said. 

A former Palestinian prisoner, 19-year-old Islam Hamed Jaghoub, was also detained from his family home in Beita village south of Nablus. 

Israeli forces reportedly ransacked the home and seized his car. Jaghoub was released from an Israeli prison four months ago after serving a year and a half in Israeli custody. 

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that in addition to the 24 detained in Qalqiliya, two Palestinians were detained in Nablus district, three in Bethlehem, five in Hebron, and one in Jericho.

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