BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 30 Palestinians, including three teenagers and a disabled man, during army raids between Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.
In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained Tawfiq Rifaat Rabayaa and Hamza Ghawadra in the Jenin district, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
In the village of Aqqaba in the district of Tubas, Israeli forces detained Mustafa Said Abu Arrah, according to PPS. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that a detention was carried out in Aqqaba, adding that the individual was detained for allegedly being the head of the Hamas movement in the village.
In the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians, identified by PPS as Muhammad Ata Uweis, 26, Adham Nasser al-Shalabi, 29, Shaher Mashour Mansour, Ayman Khalid Thiyab, 21, Rami Shalash, 20, Muhammad Naim Sukarji, 19, Abd al-Rahman Abu Ghazalah, 19, and Ishaq Darwish al-Qinna, 25.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Balata refugee camp, one in Nablus city, and another in the village of Tell.
Hebrew media also reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians at the Zaatara military checkpoint near Nablus city after their vehicle was searched and Israeli soldiers allegedly found a hunting rifle hidden near the vehicle’s engine.
In the Qalqiliya district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Yasser Muhammad Nawfal and Raed Muhammad Salim. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Qalqiliya city, alleging that the individual was a Hamas operative.
PPS said that six Palestinians were detained from the Qalandiya refugee camp in the Ramallah district in the central West Bank, and identified the detainees as Muhammad Nayif Abd al-Rahman, Muhammad Mahmoud Mteir, Shafiq Wajih Awwad, Ibrahim Khalid Shihada, Laith Muhammad Elayyan, and Shadi Daraghmeh, who PPS said was disabled.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained in Qalandiya for allegedly being Hamas operatives, but did not specify whether the detentions were carried in the town of Qalandiya or in the refugee camp of the same name.
PPS added that three Palestinian teenagers were also detained from the Ramallah district, identifying them as Majd Hazim Nafi, 17, Ahmad Yassin al-Khawaja, 16, and Akram Hammad, 17.
The Israeli spokesperson reported two detentions in Nilin and Silwad.
Meanwhile, according to witnesses, a special unit of the Israeli army detained former prisoner and head of Shabiba, the youth section of the Fatah movement, 28-year-old Tamer Shawamra near his house in Ramallah city.
Israeli forces ambushed and detained Shawamra in front of his vegetable shop near his home and led him to an unknown location, witnesses said.
Shawamra was released from Israeli prison two months ago after serving 12 years in Israeli prison.
PPS said that in the Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank Muhannad Abu Tarboush, 19 and Ibrahim Muhammad al-Khmour, 22, were detained. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in the village of Umm Salamuna in Bethlehem.
In the Hebron district, PPS said that Israeli forces detained Jihad Ahmad Abu Maria, 29, and Imad Ribhi Nimr Abu Maria, 19.
Local activist in the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar Muhammad Ayyad Awwad reported that the two Palestinians were detained from their homes in Beit Ummar after Israeli forces raided the village and areas around Israel’s illegal Karmi Zur settlement.
Awad added that since June 6, Israeli forces have detained 24 Palestinians from Beit Ummar.
An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed one overnight detention in Beit Ummar.
However, she added that three additional detentions were carried out in the Hebron-area villages of Yatta, al-Samu, and Beit Awwa.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of May, including 300 minors.
(Source / 05.07.2017)