Israeli Forces Detain 11 Palestinians from West Bank Districts

TULKAREM, February 19, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Thursday detained11 Palestinians from various West Bank districts, said security sources.

Israeli forces raided several neighborhoods across Tulkarem including Tulkarem refugee camp, Iktaba and Dhannaba, where they detained six Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

The detainees were identified as Jamal Hattab, 31, Rami Abu Shalbaya, 32, Shadi ‘Odeh, 33, Mahmoud ‘Is‘is, 31, ‘Omar Turk, 33, and Ahmad ‘Odwan, 33.

Meanwhile in Hebron city, forces raided several neighborhoods, including Ras al-Jora, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into their houses.

The detainees were identified as Qidar Ghaith and Bassam Masodeh. Their ages remain unidentified.

In the meantime in Nablus district, soldiers raided Zawata, a village to the north of the city, where they detained Islam Judeh, whose age was not identified, after breaking into his house.

The soldiers also stormed Balata refugee camp, where they proceeded to detain a Palestinian after breaking into his house.

Muhammad al-Ryahi, whose age remains unidentified, was detained during the dawn raid.

They also stormed the Nablus city neighborhood of Krum ‘Ashur, where they detained a Palestinian. Mahdi ‘Ashur was detained during the dawn raid.

Israeli forces in the West Bank detain Palestinians almost every day during night time raids involving breaking into and ransacking Palestinians houses and spreading panic among vulnerable civilians, particularly children.

The Palestinian prisoner’s Club (PPC) reported that Israel has detained 350 Palestinians from several cities and towns across the West Bank districts in January 2015 alone. With the highest number of detention documented in Hebron, amounting to 120 arrests, followed by East Jerusalem, where 20 Palestinians were detained.

The Hebron raids included 25 minors and eight students, in addition to 16 residents suffering from various health problems and two females aged 22 and 26.  Around 37 residents were placed under administrative detention.

More than 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails, dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences. About 1,500 prisoners are believed to have health problems due to medical negligence.