Group says 5 brothers detained in Qalqiliya
Published Tuesday 13/03/2012 (updated) 14/03/2012 19:01
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces arrested released detainee Muhammad Masalha, 29, from the Hajja village east of Qalqiliya in the West Bank and four of his brothers during a village raid, a rights group said Tuesday.
The Palestinian prisoners society says Muhammad and his brothers, Khader Masalha, 23, Saed Masalha, 30, Rasem Masalha, 38, and Usama Masalha, were detained after forces stormed their houses.
The society added in a statement that soldiers fired tear gas during the raids, and forces struck Muhammad before detaining him. He was evacuated on a stretcher and carried away by medics, it said.
The director of the prisoner society condemned the operation, adding that the use of force was "immoral and arbitrary," as well as in conflict with international norms which consider suspects innocent until proven guilty.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the incident.
Israeli forces detained ten Palestinians the night before in separate raids, officials said.
In Halhul, north of Hebron, troops raided homes, detaining Muhammad Abdel Rahman and Ala Ragheb, Palestinian security officials said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said three others were detained in Qalqiliya, three in Tammun village north of Nablus, and one person in al-Aqaba and Nilin villages.