IOF kidnap at least 17 Palestinians in overnight raids

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Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidanped at least 17 Palestinians on Thursday overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem, also threatening a prisoner’s family with house demolition, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), the IOF invaded, Thursday at dawn, several Palestinian districts in the occupied West Bank, searched and ransacked homes, and kidnapped at least fourteen Palestinians.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) reported that Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, several Palestinian homes in Jerusalem’s Old city, and searched them before kidnapping two women.

In addition, the IOF kidnapped three Palestinians, including a child and a woman, on Wednesday evening from occupied East Jerusalem.

PPS said the IOF invaded several towns in Hebron, and kidnapped five Palestinians, identified as Amjad Akram Rajabi, 22, Mohammad Abu Sneina, Firas Fayez Rajabi, Ahmad Majed Hmeidat, 22, and Talab Othman Abu Fara, 35.

In Tulkarem, a Palestinian identified as Yousef Shehada Khalil, 21, from Nour Shams refugee camp, i was kidnapped at ‘Ennab military roadblock, after Israeli soldiers stopped his car.

In the district of Ramallah and Al-Biereh, the Israeli soldiers kidnapped Majdi Suleiman ‘Ataya and a child, identified as Ismael al-‘Anqawi, only 11-years-old.

In Jenin, after invading the city, they kidnapped four Palestinians, identified as Mahmoud Amin Farahati, Mohammad Sa’id Sweity, Mohammad Mitleq Sa’adi and Omar Nayef Sa’adi.

In occupied East Jerusalem, Dalal al-Hashlamoun, 47, was kidnapped after the IOF violently searching her home, causing excessive property damage.  In addition,  ‘Adia Saidawi, 54, was also kidnapped after the IOF invaded and searched her home, in the Old City.

On Wednesday evening, the IOF kidnapped a child, identified as Ahmad Salem Barbari, 15, in addition to a young man, identified as Hazem Siyam and a woman identified as Rawiya al-Qawasmi.

Nearly 7,000 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons and up to 40 percent of the male population has been detained at some point in their lives, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

The group added that this number included 670 under administrative detention.