Israeli forces detain 2 human rights activists in Nablus
Published Tuesday 25/02/2014 (updated) 26/02/2014 20:40
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank early Tuesday and detained two Palestinian human rights activists, locals said.
Locals told Ma'an that Israeli troops ransacked the home of lawyer Faris Abu al-Hasan in the Rujeib neighborhood and escorted him to his office in the city center, where they confiscated dozens of files concerning Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.
The soldiers then arrested Abu al-Hasan and took him to an unknown location, locals said.
Separately, Israeli forces detained Ahmad al-Bitawi in southern Nablus after ransacking his home.
Al-Bitawi is a 33-year-old journalist and researcher.
Both men work for Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said four Palestinians were arrested overnight in Nablus "following intelligence operations," without providing further details about the arrests.
She added that three Palestinians were arrested in Birqin west of Jenin, two in Atara southwest of Ramallah, one in Birzeit near Ramallah, and two in Hebron.