Israeli Forces Detain 14 Palestinians in West Bank Raids

JERUSALEM, July 13, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday detained at least 14 Palestinians, including a woman and a minor, during predawn raids across the West Bank, said security sources and WAFA correspondent.

Seven Palestinians were detained from Jerusalem district, five others from Hebron, another from Bethlehem and another from Tulkarem.

Forces conducted a large-scale detention raid across the Jerusalem tow of al-Issawiya, detaining seven Palestinians.

Five of the detainees were identified as Adam Mahmoud, and his brother, Munir, as well as Majd Obeid, Anwar Obeid and Qusai Dari.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, forces raided Dura town, south of Hebron, detaining five Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking their houses and causing property damages.

The detainees were identified as Khaled al-Faqihat together with his wife and son, as well as Amir Amr, 21, and Muhammad Amr, 16.

During the predawn raid, troops stormed and thoroughly searched many houses belonging to the Sharawna, Shindi, Amr, al-Faqihat and Amayra families, blowing up some of their main doors and causing extensive property damages.

In Bethlehem district, forces handcuffed and detained Mahmoud Thawabta, 19, after storming his family house in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem city.

Meanwhile, troops raided Shweika neighborhood, north of Tulkarem, detaining Ghanem Ghanem, 24, after storming his family house.

Tuesday evening, youth activist and former detainee Hassan Karajah, 32, was detained by Israeli troops at a military checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ur al-Fouqa, west of Ramallah.

Karajah had been detained in January 2013, spending 22 months in Israeli imprisonment before being released on October 19, 2014.

Karajah has been detained for his political activism. According to the online news outlet Electronic Intifada, Karajah, a coordinator for Stop the Wall Campaign, had been accused of actively supporting Palestinian detainees and participating in a student group affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Electronic Intifada said human rights advocates insist his detention and imprisonment is just another example of Israeli intimidation of Palestinians who speak out and work for organizations that highlight abuses by the occupation.

 

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