Israeli forces detained at least 26 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, including 14 who were released shortly afterwards and banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday. According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), 17 Palestinians were detained in East Jerusalem, including Muhammad Shuyukhi, the twin brother of Ali Shuyukhi, who was killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday night during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
Israeli forces also detained in East Jerusalem brothers Sbeih and Izz al-Din Abu Sbeih, the sons of Misbah Abu Sbeih, a Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli police on Sunday after carrying out a deadly shooting attack in East Jerusalem.
PPS lawyer Mufid al-Hajj said on Thursday that an Israeli court had extended the detention of Misbah Abu Sbeih’s 17-year-old daughter Eiman until Sunday.
PPS added that 14 other Palestinians were detained in the Old City of East Jerusalem overnight, only to later be released and banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The 14 were identified as Jihad Qaws, Hamzeh Hijazi, Bassam Hijazi, Walid Tuffaha, Muhammad Tuffaha, Anas Tuffaha, Mahmoud Mwannas, Raghib Abu Sneineh, Mahmoud Salim, Mansour Salim, Mumin Hashimeh, Ahmad Mahlus, Mahmoud al-Bayyumi, and Yazan al-Basti.
Meanwhile in the occupied West Bank, PPS reported that five Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem district villages of Nahhalin and Tuqu, identifying them as Muhammad Rizq Mahmoud Najajreh, 16, Muhammad Qassem Abd al-Rahman Shakarneh, 14, Muath Ali Daoud Shakarneh, 18, Ibrahim Nayif Abu Mefreh, and Turki Muhammad Raja Sabbah.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that Israeli forces had detained three Palestinians in Nahhalin and two in Tuqu.
She added that one Palestinian had been detained in the Ramallah-area village of Deir Abu Mashaal, and three others in the Hebron district village of Idhna
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August, 500 of whom from East Jerusalem.[Source: Ma’an News]