BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 36 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and Israel during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.
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, and an average of 70 raids a week so far 2017.
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 — Israel’s contested policy of imprisonment without charge or trial.
Northern West Bank
In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian was detained in the village of Jabaa in the district of Jenin, while a Palestinian was also detained in the village of Shweika in Tulkarem.
Local sources told Ma’an that six Palestinians were detained in the village of Dhinnaba in Tulkarem, identified as Moussa al-Araj, Usama Matar, Ahmad Qandil, Assid Balaawi, Ibrahim Khalid, and Khalid Muhammad Qassem Jawabreh. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detentions.
Another Palestinian was detained from the al-Faraa refugee camp in the Tubas district, according to the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, in the Qalqiliya district, a Palestinian was detained in the village of Immatim, while two more were detained in the Azzun village, according to the Israeli army spokesperson.
According to local sources, Israeli forces also detained Saif al-Din Omar, the newly elected mayor of the village of Sanniriya in Qalqiliya.
The army spokesperson added that two Palestinians were detained in Nablus’ Askar refugee camp, and two more were detained in what is known as New Askar refugee camp.
Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians from the village of Burin in Nablus, identified as Bilal Jamal Ismail Qadus, 24, and Khalid Hisham Najjar, 22. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Burin.
Israeli forces also detained Hassan Ahmad Jabr Sawalma, 21, from his house in the al-Mahd area of Asira al-Shamaliya in Nablus, according to local sources. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that a Palestinian was detained in Asira al-Shamaliya.
The spokesperson also reported an additional detention in Nablus, although the exact village remained unclear.
Central West Bank
In the West Bank district of Ramallah, the Israeli army shut down a print shop in Ramallah city during a raid, and claimed that the shop had printed “incitement material,” according to a statement released by the Israeli army. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into more reports on the case.
Meanwhile, in the Ramallah-area village of Nilin, the Israeli army closed a blacksmith workshop, claiming that it was used to manufacture weapons. An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained in Nilin, but said the detention had “no connection” with the closing of the workshop.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in the village of Zubeidat in Jericho.
Southern West Bank
In the West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman and her brother from the al-Balu area of the village of al-Khader, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.
An activist and coordinator of a local committee against settlements in the village reportedly told Wafa that Israeli forces had detained Arwa Ibrahim al-Fawaghreh, 28, and her brother Rafaat, 25, after raiding and searching their family’s home.
An Israeli army spokesperson said she would look into reports on the raids and detentions in al-Khader.
Meanwhile, in the southern Hebron district, Israeli forces confiscated seven vehicles in the village of Yatta, claiming that they were being used to transfer undocumented Palestinians into Israel.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that the seven vehicles were confiscated as part of the army’s efforts against “terrorist-assisting infrastructure,” but could not answer further questions on whether the army had information that would lead it it to believe that the vehicles were being used to plan attacks against Israelis.
Vehicles confiscated in Yatta, Hebron
Meanwhile, according to Hebrew-language media, 10 Palestinian workers from the village of Yatta were detained inside Israel during a dawn raid for reportedly lacking Israeli-issued permits.
According to Israeli media, the Israeli police detained the workers during a raid into the town of Yahel, all of whom were reported to be from Yatta. They were transferred for interrogations with Israeli authorities, while the Israeli employer of the undocumented workers was also arrested and transferred for interrogations.
An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she was not aware of the detentions or if they had any connections with the vehicle confiscations in Yatta. She said she would look for more information on the reports.
(Source / 25.05.2017)