42 Palestinians arrested across West Bank as campaign continues
Published Wednesday 02/07/2014 (updated) 03/07/2014 17:27
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 42 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight, the army said Wednesday.
An Israeli army spokesman told Ma'an 41 of the Palestinians who were arrested were "Hamas operatives" and that the arrests were "part of the ongoing operation."
Ten Palestinians were arrested from Hebron, the Ahrar Center for Human Rights said in a statement.
The center identified the men as Rizq Rajoub, Ahmad al-Qeeq, Jawad al-Karaki, Fathi al-Joulani, Bilal al-Muhtasib, Munthir al-Juba, Jaal al-Awawda, Muhammad Zameara, Kayid Atawnah, and Muhammad Awawda.
Rajoub is a former prisoner released as part of the Shalit deal, the statement said.
In Nablus, Israeli forces detained Abdullah al-Ekir, Ahmad Dawla, Samih al-Asmar, Anan Bushkar, Omar Abu Khamis, Eyhab Zeid, Omar Darawsha.
Al-Ekir is a former prisoner released as a part of the Shalit deal.
In the village of Aqraba, forces arrested Omar Mayadma, the statement said.
In Salfit, Israeli forces arrested Zuheir Aynabusi and Salah Bahjat.
Aynabusi is a former prisoner released as a part of the Shalit deal.
Israeli troops arrested Yahya Salimin from Anata east of Jerusalem and Mustafa al-Ajouli from the Tulkarem district.
In Ramallah-district villages, meanwhile, Israeli forces detained Khalid Gheithan, female activist Bushra Tawil, Yousef Muhammad Dar Mousa, and his brother Saddam.
Gheithan is a former prisoner released as a part of the Shalit deal.
In neighborhoods of Ramallah, forces arrested Rasmi Abu Alya, Khalil Brafily, Usayd Qudeih, Omar al-Nahid, and Muslim Abd al-Latif.
Additionally, Israeli forces detained Mousa Rashayda and Muhammad Sabbah from Bethlehem, the statement said.
In Qalqiliya, Ikrima Nofal was detained, and in Jenin, Yahya Zayoud, Muhammad Jaradat, and Hasan Jaradat were detained.
Khalid Masaid was also detained from the Jordan Valley area, the statement added.
The arrests come as Israel continued its West Bank operation to crush the Hamas movement in the wake of the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths, who were buried Tuesday.
Hamas has denied responsibility for the incident.
The Israeli army has killed six Palestinians and arrested hundreds throughout the campaign.