Israeli Forces Detain Seven Palestinians from West Bank Districts

RAMALLAH, September 2, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces early Wednesday detained seven Palestinians, including two teenagers, from across the West Bank, said Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) and security sources.

Israeli forces raided Silwad town to the northeast of Ramallah, where they detained three local Palestinians.

The detainees were identified by PPC as Kayed Hammad, the father of prisoners Tha’er and ‘Abdul-Qader, sentenced to 11 life sentences and 11 years in Israeli jails, respectively. Forces also detained Zeyad Abdul-Jalil and Mousa al-Najjar.

Meanwhile in Jenin district, forces raided Silat al-Harithiya and Kufr Dan, two villages to the northwest of the city, where they detained two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

They were identified as Mohammad ‘Abed, 21, and ‘Izziddin Zyuod, 20.

In the meantime, two Palestinian teenager were detained from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar and refugee camp of al-‘Arrub.

Forces stormed Beit Ummar and al-‘Arrub to the north of the city, where they detained Bashir Abu ‘Ayyash, 18, and Mahmoud al-‘Adarba, 17, after breaking into and ransacking their houses.

Forces physically assaulted al-Adarba’s brother, Ahmad, and his sister, Du‘a, durng his arrest.

Forces also raided the student dormitory of Palestine Polytechnic University in the city. None was reportedly detained.

Furthermore, forces sealed the southern entrance of al-Khader town with metal gates, known as An-Nashash, preventing Palestinian registered vehicles and people from crossing the entrance and causing a traffic congestion.

The entrance was shut down purportedly for discovering a suspicious object.

Palestinian detainees are placed under administrative detention without trial or charge for six-month period that can be renewed indefinitely and without having access to the ‘evidence’ for their detention. Administrative detention has been strongly criticized by international, Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists and organizations.

Many Palestinians have gone on hunger strike as means to protest being held without charge or trial. During the last month of August, Israel agreed to suspend the administrative detention of Palestinian detainee Muhammad Allan following a 66-day hunger strike.

 

Another Palestinan detainee, Khader ‘Adnan, was released in July after going on a 56-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention that brought him close to death.

 

 

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