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Occupation forces detain Hamas-linked legislator in occupied West Bank

22 January 2018 18:47

 

Israeli military forces have detained a legislator affiliated to the Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement along with more than a dozen other Palestinians during separate raids across the occupied West Bank.

Local sources, who asked not to be named, said Israeli forces raided the central West Bank city of Salfit early on Monday, broke into the home of Omar Abdul-Razeq and detained him.

Abdul-Razeq is a member of the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Israeli forces also arrested three Palestinians in Kafr Malik town, located 17 kilometers northeast of the city of Ramallah, as well as Kharbatha al-Misbah town.

Another Palestinian was detained during a raid in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Israeli troops arrested three other Palestinians in Nablus, the Christian town of Beit Jala, located 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem al-Quds, as well as the Arab neighborhood of al-Isawiyah in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israeli forces carry out night raids across the occupied Palestinian territories on a nearly daily basis.

This file photo shows Palestinian prisoners at Megiddo Prison in northern Israel. (Photo by AFP)

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years.

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.

According to reports, at least 13 Palestinian lawmakers are currently imprisoned in Israeli detention facilities. Nine of them are being held without trial under administrative detention.

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