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80 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces overnight across West Bank
Published Sunday 15/06/2014 (updated) 15/06/2014 22:18
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces began a wide-ranging campaign of arrests across the West Bank overnight Saturday and Sunday morning targeting 80 individuals affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including lawmakers and political leaders.

The campaign comes as Israeli forces continue their search for three teenage boys who disappeared on Thursday evening from the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and are believed by some to have been taken hostage.

Hamas sources told Ma'an that at least 70 of the movement's leaders and supporters were detained across the West Bank, and on Sunday morning soldiers and military vehicles continued to deploy across Hebron district in the southern West Bank.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli troops carried out predawn raids in the towns of Sair, Taffuh, Beit Kahil, Bani Naim, Beit Ula, Dura, and Yatta in the Hebron district and carried out intensive inspections. At least eight Palestinians were detained eventually in those raids.

Hamas sources in Nablus in told Ma'an that Israeli troops detained three Hamas-affiliated Palestinian lawmakers in the northern West Bank, who were identified as Muhammad Ghazal, Ahmad al-Hajj Ali and Husni al-Burini, along with many other supporters of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

Among the other detainees arrested in Nablus overnight were Firas Jarrar, Samir Abu Shueib, Nasser Abu Eisha, Anas Raddad, Talal Abu Asab, Abdullah Bani Audah, Ahmad Nabhan, Ahmad Awwad, Ahmad al-Bayari, Ahmad Malaysha, Huthayfa Salamah, Ahmad Hamdanah, Muhammad Sawalha and Muhammad Daghlas.

Similarly, Israeli forces raided the city of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank and detained Palestinian lawmaker Abdul-Rahman Zeidan.

Israeli soldiers also broke into home of lawmaker Fathi Qarawi and inspected it. Qarawi told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers raided his home at dawn and inspected all the rooms including a garage where he parks his car. He added that Israeli intelligence officers questioned all his children and handed a summons to his son, Hamza, who was at his university dormitories preparing for his final exams. The soldiers left at 5:00 a.m., Qarawi added.

Israeli forces also stormed Tubas in the northern West Bank, detaining Fazi Sawafta and Nadir Sawafta.

In Azzun village in Qalqiliya district in the north, Israeli forces detained Abdullah Shbeita, Amir Dahbour, and Nael Anaya in an arrest raid.

The Israeli military confirmed the arrest raid in a statement, saying that "approximately 80 Palestinian suspects were detained" in overnight raids and promising to use "all means" to find the three missing Israeli settlers.

"Palestinian terrorists will not feel safe, will not be able to hide and will feel the heavy arm of the Israeli military capabilities, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.

The three disappeared youths were identified on Saturday as Eyal Yifrach, 16, Gilad Shaaer, 19, and Naftali Frenkel, 16.

The group was attempting to hitch hike in the Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion on Thursday evening when they disappeared, and as of yet Israeli forces have not been able to find any traces of them.

The case has attracted widespread attention in Israel and led to a fervent campaign for their return under the banner "Bring Back Our Boys."

Palestinians, however, have contrasted the attention received by the three settler youth with the lack of concern for the fate of around 200 Palestinians who are currently being held indefinitely without charge or trial in Israeli prisons, including 125 who have been on hunger strike for more than 50 days.



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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
15/06/2014 09:55
Big difference between the kidnap victims and the Pal prisoners who get lawyers, visits by the Red Cross, health care (if they want it) and 3 meals a day (if they want them). Their families know exactly where the prisoners are and are allowed to communicate wit them. The kidnapping again shows that Palestinian government and society spits in the face of international law, rejects civilization. The world does not need such a nation of Palestine that is just another brutal dictatorship.

2 ) Aida / Spain
15/06/2014 11:16
I will explain to you how arrests happen Mr Brian Cohen: soldiers come to the house in the middle of the night, they break in, usually they search the property and they take the person they want to arrest, without an explanation of charges or anything. Often they take them barefoot, or without proper clothing. They put them in a jeep and no one knows where they are taken until a few days later. The lawyers don't have access to them during the interrogation part, which might take weeks.

3 ) Aida / Spain
15/06/2014 11:19
(continuation) Health care? You seriously think the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails get health care? You clearly do not know much about the way Palestinian prisoners are treated. Not to talk about the administrative prisoners who are incarcerated without charges or trial. If that is not equivalent to a kidnapping, under official disguise, I don't know what is.

4 ) carine / UK
15/06/2014 11:24
Brian - Ever heard of 'false flag ops' - Israel is desperate enough to do anything to retreive it's 'victim' status and break up the unity govt of Palestine- and I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that this is one of those false flag ops...

5 ) Tristian Aleron / Scotland
15/06/2014 15:41
A bit like the scene in Casablanca were the call comes to "round up the usual suspects". Certainly a very lavish production in the making, will the international community buy it is the question. Time will tell, but if this is real, lets hope the young people remain safe, we're all part of humanity (even if the Israeli occupation doesn't see it that way).

6 ) khawaja / palestine
15/06/2014 15:58
thank u AIDA for your comment ...

7 ) Maureen / Australia
15/06/2014 21:20
#1 Brian Cohen The last line of your comment throws light on the false flag theory! BTW, you might inform your hasbara handlers that today's edition of the Australian ABC news refers to the "occupied" West Bank re Israel 80 Palestinians.
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