Israeli forces detain 27 Palestinian in large-scale West Bank raids

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces conducted large-scale raids across the occupied Palestinian territory overnight Monday, targeting in particular the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, detaining a total of at least 28 Palestinians and ransacking several homes.Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinian men from Qalqiliya after midnight, while an Israeli army spokesperson said 20 had been detained.Locals identified those detained as Amin Sasa, Mushir Jeidi, Anas Farraj, Yousif Abu Shihab, Thaer Ali Ibtli, Hindi Zeid, Sharhabil Shubaki, Iyad Jueidi, Ibrahim Hindi, and Shahir Jueidi.During the raids, Israeli forces ransacked and inspected several homes in the city, damaging the interiors and upending furniture, according to locals.Among the houses Israeli soldiers ransacked and inspected were those of Rafiq Abu Samra, Shakir Hbeis, Abu Salim Jueidi, Nabil Hotari, and Luay Yasin.In the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces stormed the town of al-Khader and broke into home of 55-year-old Ahmad Muhammad Salah to detain his 29-year-old son Muhammad.Spokesperson of the town’s local committee against Israeli settlements and the separation wall Ahmad Salah told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers “violently” broke into the house thoroughly inspected the family’s belongings.Israeli forces briefly detained and interrogated Ahmad Muhammad Salah and his older son Ashraf, threatening that if Muhammad Salah did not turn himself in, “we will return his dead body to you instead.” He turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.Israeli intelligence officers provided no information to the family regarding the crimes for which Muhammad Salah was being held.An Israeli army spokesperson said than one Palestinian was also detained in the village of Birqin west of Jenin in the northernmost West Bank district, and two were detained in the village of Surif in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.She added that in the central occupied West Bank near Jerusalem, three Palestinians were detained in the village of Biddu, one in Qatanna, and one in Kafr Aqab.

Since the start of 2016, Israeli forces have conducted a weekly average of 88 search and detention operations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to UN documentation.According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli custody as of May. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at least once in their lives.
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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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