JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians, including two minors, from across the West Bank overnight Tuesday, a prisoners’ rights group said.
The detentions come a day after 19 others were arrested in detention raids across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem on Monday.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that on Tuesday Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians from Ramallah, identified as brothers Muhammad and Hassan Tamim al-Rimawi, brothers Humam and Majdi Munir al-Rimawi, Abd al-Qader al-Barghouthi, Jamal Samih al-Rimawi and Taha Jaber al-Rimawi.
Israeli forces also raided villages in the Hebron district and detained seven Palestinians including two minors.
The detainees were identified as Abd Suleiman al-Titi, 48, Moussa Amjad al-Titi, 19, Abd al-Rahman Taher Sweilem, Nadim Ribhi al-Badawi, 18, Youssef Abd al-Hadi Masalmeh, Alaa al-Din Hassan al-Sharawneh, 13, and Hazem Maher al-Raei, 15, from the al-Arrub refugee camp.
Israeli forces also delivered a summons to Shawkat Adnan Muhammad al-Rujoub, 24, to meet with Israeli intelligence.
The Palestinian Prisoner’s Center for Studies said that Israeli soldiers also detained three former prisoners from Qalqiliya — Saleh Daoud, Moussa Suway and Imad Jueidi — as well as Bashar Youssef Abd al-Fattah Shbaru from the Old City of Nablus.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had information of 17 arrests, but her numbers did not match the locations documented by the prisoners’ rights center.
She had information of one arrest from Tulkarem, three from Qalqiliya, nine from Beit Rima in Ramallah, and four from al-Arrub refugee camp.
She said they were detained for “illegal activities.”
On Monday, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society, Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan reported 19 arrests across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
This included seven minors, three of them under 15 years old.
An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed only five of a reported 11 arrests in the West Bank.
Ma’an was unable to reach an Israeli police spokesperson in Jerusalem.
Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians in the occupied territories, usually on the pretext of security questioning.
Prisoner rights group Addameer has estimated that around 40 percent of the male Palestinian population has been detained by Israeli forces.