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Israeli Forces Detain Eight Palestinians, including Ex-Minister, from West Bank

JENIN, May 18, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday detained four Palestinians, including an ex-minister and three minors, and summoned five others during predawn raids across the West Bank, said security sources and a local activist.

Forces detained three Palestinians, including an ex-minister, from Jenin district, another from Tulkarem, another from Bethlehem district and three others from Hebron district.

Forces detained ex-minister Wasfi Qabaha, 52, after surrounding and breaking into his house in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Qabaha was repeatedly detained by Israeli forces. In 2007, he was detained without charge or trial for three years under administrative detention. He was also detained in June 2014 and held under solitary confinement for 10 months.  

The detention of Qabaha came a day after forces detained Palestinian lawmaker Abd al-Jabir Fuqaha during a predawn raid into al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah.

Forces also detained Loai Tafesh, 28, and Yusef Turkman, 25, after breaking into and ransacking their family houses in Jenin city and Kafr Dan village, northwest of Jenin.

Commenting on the raid into Kafr Dan, locals said that 16 military vehicles raided the northern West Bank village before detaining Turkman.

In Tulkarem district, forces detained Nitham Abu-Zahida, in his late 40s, during a raid into Hajja village, east of Qalqiliya.

Meanwhile, forces detained a Palestinian and summoned five others from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.

Forces detained ‘Ala Taqatqa, 21, and summoned Sultan Taqatqa and Issam Taqatqa, both 15, during a predawn raid into Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.

They also raided Tuqu‘ town, east of Bethlehem, where they handed Mustafa al-Badan, 17, and Ammar Rabay‘a, 17, notices ordering them to appear before intelligence in Gush Etzion detention and interrogation center.

In the meantime, three Palestinians were detained from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank.

Muhammad Awad, a local anti-settlement and wall activist, said Israeli troops detained Muhammad Bahr, 52, and Wahbi Bahr, 16, after storming their family houses in the town, north of Hebron city.

Troops also detained Muhammad Bahr, 17, who works at a local bakery, after physically assaulting him. They stormed and ransacked several houses, including the family house of Sa‘id Adi.


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