GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip during February, including five fishermen and a cancer patient, according to report by the ministry of prisoners affairs in the Hamas-run government.
Researcher Riyad Al-Ashqar said the number of Gaza detainees rose to 21 during 2012.
men were detained in eastern Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip near
the borders with Israel, he said. They were identified as Marwan Ahmad
al-Sufi, Abdullah Muhammad al-Sufi, Ashraf al-Sufi, Muhammad Abu Athira
and Saddam Abu Athira, all from Rafah.
Three other young men from
Al-Bureij refugee camp, he added, were detained as they were allegedly
trying to infiltrate into Israel to look for work.
al-Ashqar added that five fishermen were detained off the coast in three
separate operations by Israeli navy. They were forced to undress and
jump into the sea water to come close to the Israeli naval boats.
were taken to Ashdod port for interrogation before they were released
five hours later. Al-Ashqar identified them as Adham Mahmoud Abu Riyala,
Mahmoud Mahmoud Abu Riyala, Ahmad Zayid, Jamal al-Sultan and his son
The Gaza government official added that amongst the
detainees was 22-year-old Kamil Hikmat Taramsi from Gaza City. The man
was detained at Erez crossing while he was heading to seek treatment
from cancer in Israeli hospitals.