RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 08, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces today detained 16 Palestinians, including a lawmaker, from various parts of the occupied territories, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
It said in a press statement that Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians from Hebron district in the south of the West Bank.
Three of the detainees, including two 16-year-old teens, were identified as residents of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, another as a resident of Beit Kahel town, and the other as a resident of the southern part of Hebron city.
As soldiers surrounded the house of one of the detainees in Beit Ummar, they hit and broke the main door, causing it to fall on the detainee’s wife, who sustained bruises across her body as a result.
In Bethlehem district, also in the south of the West Bank, Israeli occupation forces raided the village of Zaatara, east of Bethlehem, where they detained lawmaker Khaled Tafish after breaking into his house.
Tafish, 56, was previously detained several times by Israel for resisting the occupation and was deported to south Lebanon in 1992 before he was allowed to return home. He was arrested once again in 2002 during the second Intifada and sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Soldiers also raided Harmala village, east of Bethlehem, and detained three Palestinians.
PPS said soldiers raided Aqbat Jabr refugee camp, southeast of Jericho city, resulting in the detention of three people.
In Nablus in the north of the West Bank, soldiers conducted a raid into the city where they re-arrested a former 49-year-old prisoner.
In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police detained a Palestinian from Silwan neighborhood and two others from Isawiyya.