Israeli forces detain 20-year-old Palestinian woman after 12 hours of interrogation
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Friday detained a 20-year-old Palestinian woman from the village of Artas near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank after the young woman underwent 12 hours of interrogation at the Etzion detention center in southern Bethlehem late Thursday.The father of Shifa Awad Mahmoud Abu Freijeh told Ma’an that Israeli forces called him Thursday morning, informing him that his daughter was summoned to meet with Israeli intelligence that afternoon at 12 pm.Abu Freijeh said his daughter left to Etzion with her mother, brother, and cousin, and was then interrogated until 12 am. While her family was waiting for her outside the detention center, an Israeli soldier told them that she was being detained since she has been “wanted” by Israeli authorities for two years for “security reasons.”Last week, according to Abu Freijeh, Israeli intelligence had sent a notice to his daughter to meet with Israeli intelligence at Etzion. However, when she came to the detention center the soldiers did not interrogate her, instead only confiscating the ID of her brother Muhammad, 23.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, some 10,000 Palestinian women and girls have been detained by Israeli forces over the past 45 years. In 2015 alone, Israeli forces detained 106 Palestinian women and girls, which according to the group represented a 70 percent increase compared to detention numbers in 2013.