BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians in overnight raids between Saturday and Sunday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Ramallah, one in al-Khader village and three in Husan village in the Bethlehem district, while two Palestinians were detained in Hebron city in the southern West Bank. Palestinian sources did not provide additional information on these detentions.
In the village of Abu Dis in the West Bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained Amjad Rabee and Ali Rabee after raiding their homes, according to the village’s popular resistance spokesperson Hani Halabiya. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions in Abu Dis.
Israeli forces also carried out raids in several neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
Member of a follow-up committee in the neighborhood of Issawiya Muhammad Abu al-Hummus said that Israeli forces raided several homes and detained five Palestinians in the neighborhood, who he identified as Wassim Nayef, Ahmad Kayed Mahmoud, Adam Fadi Mustafa, Yousif Issa Mustafa, and Anas Abu Assab.
Abu al-Hummus underscored that the neighborhood experiences daily detention raids, while Israeli forces also routinely install checkpoints at the neighborhood’s entrances and deliver demolition orders on homes as part of Israel’s “collective punishment policies against residents.”
In the neighborhood of Shufat, Israeli forces raided three homes and detained Nasser Abu Khdeir, a former prisoner, Abed Saed Abu Khdeir, and Ameer Abu Khdeir, according to the head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners Amjad Abu Asab.
Fatah spokesperson in Shufat refugee camp said that Israeli forces raided the home of former prisoner Arafat Fasfous and delivered an order to his family summoning them for interrogations when Fasfous was not found at home.
Meanwhile, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained activists Muhammad al-Shlabi and Thaer Abu Sbeih after raiding their homes, according to locals.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, based in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, reported that clashes had erupted in the neighborhood until late hours on Saturday night, when Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets into the community and detained 20-year-old Muhammad al-Abasi.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The United Nations recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, while 125 raids were carried out over the past two weeks.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of April, including 300 minors, 61 women, and 500 under administrative detention — an Israeli policy of imprisonment without charge or trial.
(Source / 21.05.2017)