Israeli Forces Detain 16 Palestinians from West Bank Districts

JERUSALEM, October 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces overnight detained 16 Palestinians during predawn raids into several West Bank districts, including Jerusalem, said security sources and local sources.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police detained five Palestinians, including two aged 17 and 18, from across the Jerusalem area.

In Jerusalem’s neighborhood of al-Sa‘diyya, police detained two Palestinian brothers after breaking into and ransacking their houses. They were identified as Mu‘taz Jaber and, his brother, Fathi.

Two more Palestinians were detained as police stormed their houses in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ath-Thuri. The detainees were identified as Shadi Ghurab, 17, and Tamer al-Qawasmi, 18.

Another Palestinian, who was identified as Nader Naser, 20, was detained after police stormed and ransacked his house in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amud.

Meanwhile in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, forces detained four Palestinians as they stormed the city.

The detainees were identified as Sami Abu Baker, Fares Khalfeh, Mohammad Qutub and ‘Awni Ash-Sharif, who is a university student.

Meanwhile in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, forces detained three Palestinians as they broke into and searched their houses in the city.

The detainees were identified as Basem al-Fakhuri, 17, Mahmoud al-Qawasmi, 25, and his brother Ahmad, 24.

According to local anti-settlement activist Mohammad ‘Awad, Israeli army forces detained another Palestinian identified as Muhammad Za‘aqiq, 40, a former detainee and a father of five children from Hebron’s town of Beit Ummar. Soldiers reportedly broke into his house; smashed the front door and wreaked havoc inside, before detaining him.

In the meantime in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, forces raided ‘Attil town, northeast of the city, where they detained ‘Ala’ ‘Attili, 23, who is a former detainee.

Forces also detained another Palestinian identified as ‘Ala’ Ad-Din Hamdan, 24, a student enrolled in Palestine Technical University Kadoori, after breaking into and searching his house in Seida town, northeast of the city.

Also in the northern West Bank, forces detained a Palestinian after storming and searching his family’s house in the Jenin neighborhood of Jabal Abu Dhehair.

The detainee was identified as Mu‘taz Salfiti, 27.