Israeli occupation forces detain 14 Palestinians in West Bank and target two female students

Published May 9th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
A Palestinian young woman from the Birzeit University looks on during clashes with Israeli security forces. (AFP/File)
A Palestinian young woman from the Birzeit University looks on during clashes with Israeli security forces. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces stormed the central West Bank town of Birzeit north of Ramallah overnight Sunday targeting two female students and detained at least 14 other Palestinians during raids across the occupied Palestinian territory.

Locals told Ma'an Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian woman, identified as Alaa Assaf who studies engineering at Birzeit University. Israeli forces stormed the Assaf family's house, damaging the interior, before taking Alaa to an unknown location.

Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities delivered a military order to another female student from Birzeit University, identified by locals as Asmaa Qadah, and banned her from entering the city of Ramallah and the town of Birzeit for five months. Israeli forces recently released Qadah after she served several months in custody.

Also in the district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained Rami Audah from Qalandiya refugee camp, locals said.
In the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, Iyad Taqatqa, 20, was detained in the village of Beit Fajjar. In al-Khader, Israeli forces detained Zeiniddin Sayil Issa, 18, Qasim Yasin Issa, 18, Hasan Issa, 18, Ahmad Issa, 18, Rabee Issa, 18, and Ali Issa, 18.

In the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, locals told Ma'an Israeli forces detained Thabit Nassar, a nurse from the village of Madama. He had previously served 12 years in Israeli custody. Israeli forces also detained Abd al-Qadir Hanani from the village of Beit Furik near Nablus.

In occupied East Jerusalem Israeli forces detained Firas Mahmoud and Mahmoud Atiyeh, 17, in the neighborhood of Issawiya. Muhammad Mashahra was detained in the of Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed nine detentions were made overnight Sunday. She said two Palestinians were detained near Nablus, four near Ramallah, one near Bethlehem, and two near Hebron. They were detained for suspected "illegal activities" and some of them were "Hamas operatives," she added.

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

The majority were detained in predawn detention raids carried out by the Israeli military, including in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction according to the Oslo Accords.

Israeli forces carried out an average of 92 raids per week since the start of this year according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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