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Israeli occupation forces detain mother of five prisoners

Reports from Palestinian human rights organisations state that Israeli occupation forces have arrested a 65-year old grandmother in a dawn raid at her house in Nablus on Sunday 13th December. Raba'a Umm Bakr Saeed Bilal, one of three Palestinians arrested on Sunday in Nablus and Hebron, was taken to the Petah Tikva interrogation centre by Israeli forces.


According to Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies, Ms. Raba'a has joined her daughter-in-law Nilly Al-Safadi in the interrogation centre; she was arrested early in November. Ms. Al-Safadi's husband, Ebada, who is blind, is also languishing in an Israeli jail, as are his brothers Omar, Muaz, Othman and Bakr, and his nephew also called Bakr.

Fouad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar Center, has called upon human rights organisations to intervene in this latest outrage.

"Raba'a Umm Bilal is the oldest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, and there are now eight members of this one family being detained by the Israelis. This is inhumane; she should be released immediately," said Mr. Al-Khafsh.

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