Israeli police detain governor of Jerusalem

By Esat Firat

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli police on Saturday detained Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Ghaith, according to official Wafa news agency.

“At least three police cars intercepted the car carrying the governor before nabbing him and leading him to an unknown destination,” the news agency said.

It added that no reason was given for the arrest, which took place in north of occupied Jerusalem.

Earlier Saturday, Israeli forces also detained the Palestinian intelligence chief in Jerusalem, according to Wafa news agency.

Col. Jihad al-Faqih was stopped while driving to his work at an Israeli military checkpoint in al-Judeira village in northwestern Jerusalem, it said.

The Palestinian official was taken to Jerusalem for interrogation.

Israeli authorities have yet to comment on the report.

Israeli army rounds up 12 Palestinians in W. Bank raids

By Abdel Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli army forces rounded up 12 Palestinians from their homes in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to an Israeli military statement released Thursday.

The Palestinians were detained for what the army described as “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the statement claimed without elaborating on the nature of said “activities”.

The detained Palestinians have since been remanded into custody for further investigation, according to the same statement.

The Israeli army frequently conducts sweeping arrest campaigns across the occupied territories on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli prisons, including scores of women, roughly 350 minors, and at least six lawmakers.

Israeli army detains 16 Palestinians in W. Bank raids

By Abdul-Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – The Israeli army rounded up 16 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to an army statement issued Thursday.

The Palestinians were detained for suspected involvement in “terrorist activities”, the army asserted, adding that they had since been referred to investigation by Israeli security personnel.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns in the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians are currently being held in detention facilities throughout Israel.

Turkish police detain 12 Daesh-linked suspects

By Abdullah Ozkul and Ferdi Uzun

ADANA/AYDIN, Turkey (AA) – Turkish police on Thursday detained 12 suspects in two provinces for alleged links to the Daesh terror group, a security source said.

In the southern Adana province, police mounted an operation to find 10 suspects allegedly linked to a group of terrorists in Konya that police confronted on Wednesday, said a police source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

During the operation, the police raided 10 locations and detained five suspects, the source said.

Operations continue to find the five other Daesh-linked suspects.

Five Daesh terrorists were killed and eight detained in an anti-terror operation in Konya, central Turkey on Wednesday.

In another operation in the western Aydin province on Thursday, seven Daesh-linked suspects were detained.

The suspects were detained during an operation conducted by the Aydin Police’s counter-terrorism unit under an investigation by Aydin prosecutors, a security source said.

Several organizational documents were seized during the raids, said the source, who asked not be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkey has suffered from a number of attacks by Daesh, including the October 2015 Ankara train station bombing that killed more than 100.

Nearly 190 suspects linked to Daesh were arrested in counterterrorism operations across Turkey last month, according to information from security officials.

An Anadolu Agency analysis of security announcements showed that 20 of 188 Daesh suspects — including foreigners — were remanded in custody to face trial on a variety of charges.

Iran sentences 2 Americans to 10-year prison terms

By Esra Kaymak Avci

WASHINGTON (AA) – Iran has sentenced two Americans each to 10 years in prison, the U.S. said Tuesday.

Expressing “deep concerns,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a written statement that one of the citizens, Siamak Namazi, who is reportedly in his 40’s, was “unjustly detained in Iran for over a year.”

The statement also said Namazi’s 80-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, was also “unjustly” detained last February.

The elder Namazi, under a U.S.-backed shah, once served as governor of the oil-rich Khuzestan province, according to the New York Times. He was also a former UNICEF representative, according to Toner.

“We remain especially concerned by reports of his declining health and well-being,” Toner said, adding that the U.S. called for the immediate released of all U.S. citizens detained unjustly in Iran.

Although the U.S. statement did not give additional details as to why the father and son were sentenced, the Iranian Mizan news agency listed the reason as “cooperating with the hostile American government,” according to the New York Times.

Toner reiterated the U.S. call to determine the whereabouts of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson who went missing on an Iranian island in March 2007.

Earlier this year, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other American-Iranians were released after the nuclear deal went into effect between Tehran and world powers.

29 Daesh suspects detained in Istanbul

By Halil Demir and Safiye Goren

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey’s anti-terrorism police force detained 29 Daesh suspects in Istanbul Friday, out of whom 22 were foreigners, a police source told Anadolu Agency.

The detentions were made in Basaksehir district, which is located on the European side of the port city.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, the foreigners were mainly from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

The suspects were believed to be planning major terrorist strikes in the country after the July 15 foiled coup when they were nabbed by police.

Seven suspects will be sent to court, while 22 foreigners are expected to be deported, the source added.

Police also seized several documents and digital files from the suspects.

U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrating into Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state. Turkish government blames Gulen’s Fetullah Terrorist Organization for the July 15 coup attempt.

Turkish police hold Daesh ‘May Day attack’ suspects

ANKARA (AA) – Police in Turkey’s capital say they have detained four Daesh members suspected of preparing an attack during May 1 International Labor Day demonstrations.

Turkish security officials told an Anadolu Agency correspondent that the Ankara anti-terror department detained the four suspects at midnight on Saturday.

Saturday’s arrests followed technical and physical surveillance and it is reported that the suspects are from Syria.

The anti-terror operations will continue, say police.

May 1 is celebrated by many labor unions and workers worldwide. May Day is generally a public holiday in many countries and is an official holiday in Turkey.