Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in overnight raids

03:00 Jul 10 2016 Sa'ir, Hebron, Samua, Tarqumiya, Aida, Ertas, East Jerusalem, Biddu, Qalqilya, Tulkarem,

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided Palestinian towns and refugee camps overnight Saturday and at predawn hours Sunday in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, detaining at least 16 Palestinians, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained three Palestinian teenagers and a young man in East Jerusalem. The organization identified them as Anas Dirbas, 16, Ahmad Othman Rizq, 13, Muhammad Abu al-Hawa, and Shadi Uweisat, 20.

PPS added that Muhammad Zahran and his brother Ibrahim were detained in the village of Biddu in the West Bank district of Jerusalem.

In the southern West Bank, PPS reported three detentions in the Hebron district, identified as Shadi Raed Elayyan from al-Samu, Shadi al-Masri from Tarqumiya, and Mahmoud Ahmad Mutawi from Hebron city.

The detentions in the Hebron area come amid a wide-scale military closure of the most populated Palestinian district since the beginning of the month, with the village of Sair being completely sealed overnight leading to clashes in which five Palestinians were wounded. The village was blockaded in response to a shooting attack that left one Israeli injured late Saturday night, amid an Israeli military manhunt for the gunman.

Two other Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem district, identified as Shadi Raafat Asaad, 20, and Raafat Riyad Malash, 20.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they had records of eight Palestinians being detained overnight, including one in the city of Hebron, one southwest of the city of Bethlehem, and one in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem.

In the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, Israeli forces detained Salih Hijazi Shbeita and Ahmad Abdullah Omran, according to PPS.

The Israeli army said three Palestinians were detained in the Qalqiliya district village of Azzun.

Meanwhile, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Khalid Luici, 27, in the Tulkarem refugee camp.

The army cited one detention in Tulkarem, and another south of Tulkarem.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of May, including 414 minors. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

According to UN data, Israeli forces have conducted an average of 88 raids in the West Bank each week in 2016.

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Israeli soldiers invaded, late at night and on Sunday at dawn, Sa’ir town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, injured at least four Palestinians and kidnapped three others. The army said it invaded the town after an Israeli settler was injured by live fire while driving on a bypass road.

Media sources in Hebron said dozens of soldiers invaded Sa’ir town, after completely surrounding and isolating it, and clashed with dozens of local youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading vehicles.

The soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs; medical sources said four Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and scores suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The soldiers also stormed and violently searched many homes and stores, in addition to confiscating several surveillance tapes and equipment.

In Hebron city, the soldiers kidnapped Mahmoud Mohammad Motawe’, 20, after violently searching his home.

In addition, the army invaded the towns of Doura, Yatta, Sammoa’ and Tarqoumia, searched many homes and kidnapped Shadi Mohammad ‘Oleyyan, from Sammoa’, and Shadi al-Masri, from Tarqoumia.

The soldiers also summoned many Palestinians for interrogation, especially in Sammoa’, Yatta and Doura.

One Palestinian, identified as Bassam Mahmoud Tbeish, was shot with an Israeli army round in the Ramadeen area, south of Hebron, before medics moved him to a hospital in Hebron city.

by IMEMC News

The Bethlehem Office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, ‘Aida refugee camp and Ertas town, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, kidnapped two Palestinians and summoned another for interrogation.

The PPS said several Israeli military vehicles invaded Ertas village, south of Bethlehem, searched homes and kidnapped a young man, identified as Shadi Rafat Issa As’ad, 30.

It added that the soldiers summoned one Palestinian, identified as Fadi Nazeeh Ismael for interrogation in the Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.

Local sources in Ertas said the soldiers also forced dozens of worshipers out of the village mosque, during dawn prayers, and interrogated many of them.

The invasion led to clashes between the soldiers and many local youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles, while the army fired several rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

The soldiers also invaded Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and kidnapped a young man, identified as Rafat Riyadh Mallash, 25.

Clashes also took place in the refugee camp, and the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.

Three Palestinians reported detained 7/10/2016
Mahmoud Mohammad Motawe’, 20, detained 7/20/2016
Shadi Mohammad ‘Oleyyanand detained 7/10/2016
Shadi al-Masri detained 7/10/2016
Rafat Riyadh Mallash, 25.detained 7/10/2016
Shadi Rafat Issa As’ad, 30. detained 7/10/2016
Anas Dirbas, 16, Ahmad Othman Rizq, 13, Muhammad Abu al-Hawa, and Shadi Uweisat, 20, detained 7/10/2016
Muhammad Zahran and his brother Ibrahim detained 7/10/2016
Salih Hijazi Shbeita and Ahmad Abdullah Omran detained 7/10/2016
Muhammad Khalid Luici, 27, detained 7/10/2016
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