Israeli forces, Thursday evening, detained a Palestinian astro-physicist at the entrance of Anata town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, said Palestinian WAFA News Agency correspondent.

He reported that Israeli soldiers ordered Imad Barghouthi, 56, an astrophysics professor at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, out of his vehicle at the entrance of Anata town, and detained him.

Barghouthi, from Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, was first imprisoned in December 2014 for commenting on Facebook and television.

He was later incarcerated in April 2016, and placed under administrative detention without charge or trial, and then sentenced to seven months in October 2016.

Israeli police detained seven Palestinian former-detainees, on Thursday evening, after pursuing them in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed the identities of the former prisoners;

1. Salim al-Ja’ba,
2. Owais Hamadeh,
3. Hamza Al-Zaghir,
4. Luoay Nasser Al-Din,
5. Omar Al-Zaghir,
6. Ya’coub Abu Asab, and
7. Amin Al-Shweiki.

The PPS further stated that the men were taken to the al- Moscobiyeh Interrogation Center and prison in Jerusalem, also referred to as the Russian Compound.

No further information was available at the time of this report.