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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians across West Bank

15:00 Mar 23 2016 Beit Fajjar, Salfit, Bart'aa, Beit Rima, Tulkarem

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Asra Media Office said Israeli forces detained Amer Muhammad Taqatqa, Muhammad Jalal Taqatqa and Muhammas Salem Thawabta in the village of Beit Fajjar in Bethlehem district.

In Salfit district, Yousef Hassan Qasoul and DiaaAmeel Aqel and Ahmad Ameel Aqel were detained, while in Jenin, Israeli forces apprehended Ahmad al-Arqawi, Ameed Tareq Qabha,18, Rida Ahmad Tawfeeq Qabha,19, and Mansour Ahmad Masoud, 23.

The office said Basel Thalji al-Rimawi was detained in Ramallah and Muhammad Saher Rizqallah in Tulkarem.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces had detained at least 16 Palestinians in overnight raids -- five in Jenin district, one in Tulkarem, three in Qalqiliya, one in Ramallah, and six in Bethlehem.

She said one Palestinian in Jenin was a "Hamas operative," while the others were detained for alleged "illegal activities."

Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, often on the pretext of perceived security threats.

According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, at least 7,000 Palestinians were held prisoner by Israel in February.

Addameer estimates that around 40 percent of the Palestinian male population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has been detained at some point.
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by IMEMC News

Israeli soldiers kidnaped, on Wednesday at dawn, at least nine Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive military invasions and searches of homes, and property. The army also carried out a limited invasion into northern Gaza.

Several military vehicles invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped three young men, identified as Amer Mohammad Taqatqa, 24, Mohammad Jalal Taqatqa, 20, and Mohammad Salem Thawabta, 28.

The soldiers also invaded Barta’a town, isolated behind the Annexation Wall southwest of Jerusalem, searched many homes and kidnapped three Palestinians, identified as ‘Ameed Tareq Qabaha, 18, Rida Ahmad Tawfiq Qabaha, 19, and Mansour Abdullah Mas’oud, 23.

In addition, several military vehicles invaded Atteel town, north of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, searched homes and kidnapped a young man, identified as Mohammad Shaher Rezqallah, 36.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, the soldiers invaded and searched homes in Beit Rima town, north of Ramallah city, and kidnapped a Palestinian teen, identified as Bassel Hazem Rimawi, 18, a former political prisoner who was released less than four months ago, after being held for six months under arbitrary Administrative Detention, without charges.

On Tuesday at night, the soldiers invaded Ya’bad town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after firing many flares and live rounds, and stormed his home.

He added that the soldiers detained his sons Laith, 15, and Ya’ish, 17, outside of the family home for several hours, and interrogated them.

The family has been subject to frequent invasions and violations by the army; the soldiers also repeatedly occupied their rooftop and used it as a military post and monitoring tower.

In related news, several armored military vehicles, including tanks, carried out a limited invasion into Palestinian lands, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and fired live rounds.


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Amer Muhammad Taqatqa, Muhammad Jalal Taqatqa and Muhammas Salem Thawabta detained 3/23/2016
Yousef Hassan Qasoul and DiaaAmeel Aqel and Ahmad Ameel Aqel detained 3/23/2016
Ahmad al-Arqawi, Ameed Tareq Qabha,18, Rida Ahmad Tawfeeq Qabha,19, and Mansour Ahmad Masoud, 23. detained 3/23/2016
Basel Thalji al-Rimawi detained 3/23/2016
Muhammad Saher Rizqallah detained 3/23/2016
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