West Bank: 19 Palestinians detained in overnight raids

Published March 30th, 2016 - 08:06 GMT
Israeli soldiers aim their weapons at Palestinian protesters on February 15, 2016. (AFP/File)
Israeli soldiers aim their weapons at Palestinian protesters on February 15, 2016. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

In Nablus district, Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops raided the town of Huwwara and detained five teenagers, identified as Yazan Tariq, Mahmoud Faris, Yahya Ismail, Yousif Saod, and Mahmoud Saod.

In Jenin district, Israeli forces stormed Jenin refugee camp and ransacked several homes before detaining three young men, identified by locals as Mustafa al-Tubasi, Issam Abu Jabal, and Tawfiq al-Shalabi.

Meanwhile, in Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Muhannad Hajahja and Ahmad Khalid al-Umour, 17, in the village of Tuqu, and Hussein Abu Aker in Aida refugee camp.

Israeli army raids were also reported in Hebron district, with Abd al-Rahman Hmeidat detained from his home in Bani Naim and Ayman Yousif al-Tal from al-Dhahiriyya.

Locals also reported night raids in al-Bireh and Silwad in Ramallah district, although no detentions were initially reported there.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed at least 11 arrests in the occupied West Bank, of whom she said six were alleged "Hamas operatives," detained in Nablus, Aida refugee camp, Beit Jala, Bethlehem, Bani Naim, and al-Dhaihiriyya.

She said the another Palestinian was detained in the village of Husan, two in Tuqu, one in Bani Naim, and one in Fuwwar refugee camp.

Separately, two Palestinians were detained by Israeli police from al-Tur neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem,identified by locals as Yousif Abu al-Hawa and Amir Abu Jumaa.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israeli forces carried out an average of 88 search and arrest raids every week last year.

Israel is now holding nearly 7,000 Palestinians in its jails, including around 450 children.

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