Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians overnight Sunday across the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) and Israeli sources.
Israel detains 22 Palestinians overnight, including family of teen accused of stabbing
PPS reported on Monday that Israeli forces raided the home of the Qabha family in the village of Umm al-Rihan in the Jenin district overnight Sunday, where they detained four family members of 15-year-old Amal Qabha, who was detained earlier Sunday evening after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Shaqed.
Israeli armed forces detained Amal’s father Jamal Qabha, her mother Nawal, and two brothers Muhammad, 21, and Sanad, 20.
The four were later released, though Amal remained in Israeli custody at an undisclosed location.
Also reportedly detained from Jenin were Nidal Yaqoub Anfeat, a former detainee who had previously spent nine years in Israeli prisons, Muhammad Mutasim Abu Hassan, 18, and Moumin al-Sabagh, 22.
Five Palestinians were detained from the northern district of Tulkarem, and were identified as Muhammad Tahsein Ahmad Abd al-Dayem, 18, Ibrahim Ayman Ibrahim Najjar, 20, Muhannad Amer Abd al-Dayem, 19, Ahmad Hazim Mahmoud, 23, and Ayman Fouad Ghanam Kanouh, 31.
Israeli forces also detained six Palestinians from the southern district of Bethlehem, who were identified as Muhammad Khalf Sabah, Mutasim Ayoub Jabr, Qusai al-Amour, Ali Suliman Sabah, Antwon George Abu Hamama, and Mousa Abed Rabo.
Israeli forces also reportedly detained a Palestinian youth on Sunday near Bethlehem city for allegedly posessing a kinfe. The unidentified young man was taken into custody of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency.
Two Palestinians were also detained from the Ramallah and al-Bireh governorate, and were identified as Odeh Dawood Abu Rdaha, 28, and Muhammad Dawood Abu Radaha, 24.
One Palestinian detainee from Nablus was identified as Huthaifa Hamdan, while Nour Harb Alayan was detained in the Qalqiliya district.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a total of 11 detentions to Ma’an, citing two from the village of Yaabad in the Jenin district, and one detainee from the village of Asira al-Qibliya near Nablus.
She also cited one from the village of Illar, one from the Nur Shams refugee camp, and one from the village of Anabta, all in located in the district of Tulkarem, as well as one detainee from the village of Tuqu, one from the town of Beit Jala, and one from the al-Walaja village, all in the southern district of Bethlehem.
Israeli forces also reportedly detained a Palestinian youth on Sunday near Bethlehem city for allegedly posessing a kinfe. The unidentified young man was taken into custody of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 78 search and detention raids carried out since the start of 2016, and with 108 carried out just in the previous week, according to UN documentation.
Israeli forces commonly detain Palestinians during raids without evidence of any wrongdoing, subsequently sentencing the detainees for up to six-month renewable intervals without charge or trial and based on undisclosed evidence.
According to prisoner rights group Addameer, as of July, there were 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 750 of whom were being held without charge or trial.