Israeli forces detain 7 in West Bank night raids
Published Tuesday 07/08/2012 (updated) 08/08/2012 17:02
A group of Israeli soldiers stand in a circle before a training session
between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Aug. 1. (Reuters/Nir Elias)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians in raids in the northern West Bank overnight Monday, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.
Troops detained three people from Qalqiliya, three from Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqiliya, and one person from Salfit, the spokeswoman said.
In Kafr Qaddum, Israeli troops broke into several homes before detaining Mamoon Shteiwi, 33, Muhammad Salih Shteiwi, 23, and Qusayy Marwan Aqil, 17, the local Fatah office said in a statement. Witnesses told Ma'an the raid took place at 1.30 a.m.
In Qalqiliya, forces detained Muhammad Nazzal, 50, and his son Omar, 21, after surrounding their home, local activist Ahmad Beitawi said.
Soldiers raided the home during Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal taken before the daily fast during Ramadan, said Beitawi of the Human Rights Solidarity group.
Muhammad Nazzal's wife told Beitawi that dozens of soldiers searched her home before detaining her husband and son. She said her husband had been detained several times before and spent seven years in Israeli jails, mostly in administrative detention without charge or trial.
During the army's arrest raid in Qalqiliya, local youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who responded with riot dispersal means, the army spokeswoman told Ma'an.