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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians in West Bank during predawn raids

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces Thursday detained at least 18 Palestinians during predawn raids across several districts in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.In the West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian identified by locals as 33-year-old Murad Muhammad Jaddal from the eastern Jabal al-Furdeis area as he attempted to cross a checkpoint near the town of Tuqqu.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in Bethlehem for being alleged Hamas operatives. Palestinian sources did not provide details on the other Palestinian detainee.Israeli forces also carried out a mass detention raid in the village of Kafr Qalil in the northern West Bank district of Nablus detaining at least 13 Palestinians, according to locals.Locals told Ma’an that hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided the village in the early morning hours, searching several houses.Among those detained were reportedly members of the Palestinian security services, according to locals.Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an that clashes between Palestinians and soldiers erupted in the village, as several Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation and a youth was injured with light to medium wounds after being struck with a live bullet.Locals added that Israeli forces raided the house of Ihab Joseph Abed al-Latif Mansour, a member of the Palestinian police.Thirteen of the detainees were identified as:1. Talaat Mansour, Head of security at the al-Najah National University.2. Tamer Khalid Amer.3. Fadi Khalid Amer.4. Ahmad Walid Amer.5. Waddah Abed al-Jalil Amer.6. Farouq Amer.7. Suleiman Youssef Mansour.8. Saad Jamil al-Qinni, First Lieutenant at Palestinian police.9. Rami Saad al-Qinni, national security member.10. Bilal Fathi Mansour, national security member.11. Rabie Murjan.12. Jassem Farah Amer.13. Fahd AmerAn Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 11 Palestinians were detained in Kafr Qalil.The spokesperson also said there were additional arrests not reported by Palestinian sources, including one detention in Tulkarem, one in Ramallah, and another in Hebron.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails and prisons as of May.Israeli forces have conducted a weekly average of 88 search and detention operations across the occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of 2016, according to UN documentation.

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(Source / 21.07.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

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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