Israeli Forces Raid Homes and Detain 11 Palestinians in Overnight Raids

Palestinians were detained in overnight raids by Israeli occupation forces. (Photo: via Ma'an)

11 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank were detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, Ma’an reported.

Israeli forces reportedly detained Mahmoud and Muhammad al-Balboul from Bethlehem. The two are the sons of Ahmad al-Balboul, a prominent leader in Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades who was shot dead along with three other Palestinians by undercover Israeli forces in March 2008.

Muhammad Bassam Ajaj from the village of Seida northeast of Tulkarem was reportedly also detained.

Israeli forces detained former prisoner Ali Lulah from the village of Awarta, and Bashal Ideili from the village of Beita in the southeastern Nablus district. Mahmoud Issa Hummameh from the city of Nablus was also detained at the Awarta checkpoint after midnight on Wednesday.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Ibrahim Hammad Zain and Muhammad Ibrahim from the town of Yatta in southern Hebron, as well as Murad Saadi al-Qawasmi from the city of Hebron. Al-Qawasmi is the brother of Marwan al-Qawasmi, who was accused of kidnapping and killing three Israeli settlers in a high-profile case in 2014.

Ma’an also reported that Israeli forces also sealed entrances of the town. It further stated that an Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that at least seven Palestinians were detained in the overnight raids: three near Nablus, one near Ramallah, and three in and around Bethlehem.

These rains and detentions follow a Tel Aviv shooting which occurred on Wednesday.

(MA’AN, PC)

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