Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians, including minor, in raids across the West Bank

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 11 Palestinians, including a minor, in predawn raids Sunday across the occupied West Bank.The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said four Palestinians were detained from the Ramallah and al-Bireh districts in the central West Bank, identifying them as Ali Abd al-Rahman Jaradat, Tawfiq Hisham Abu Issa, Bahaa Hatim Qashu, and 15-year-old Yahya Hisham Omar.An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the four detentions in the district to Ma’an, listing two Palestinians detained in al-Bireh, one in Ramallah, and one in the al-Amari refugee camp.Detainees from the southern Bethlehem district were identified by PPS as Muhammad Adib Musa, 33, Khalid Jamil Dadu, 50, and Yusif Adawi, 30.Meanwhile, the army said it had detained four Palestinians in the Bethlehem district, listing two detentions in the village of al-Khader, one in the al-Azza refugee camp, and another in the city of Bethlehem.Two relatives from the Abu Khdeir family were detained in the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem according to PPS, and were identified as Adam and Mahmoud Abu Khdeir.Israeli forces also raided the town of Dura west of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, where they detained Said Ahmad Talahma. The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Dura.Local sources added that soldiers also raided the homes of Ismail Ahmad al-Faqih, 62, and his son Imad in the village of al-Burj south of Dura, and summoned Ismail for investigations in Israel’s Etzion detention center.According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of May, 414 of which were minors including 16 children under 16 years old. The group estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

(Source / 24.07.2016)

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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.

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