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International Middle East Media Center: 16 Palestinian citizens of Israel were taken into custody by Israeli police, after taking part in a solidarity rally for Gaza, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.
Twelve of the detainees have been identified as Suheil Abu Ahmad, Joel Elias, Yasir Shawahna, Anas Elias, Hassan Safadiya, Sahir Jeries, Marcel Kayyal, Mutasem Zidan, Alaa Taha, Zakariya Muhareb, Amir Jabarin, and Amir Murshi.
Four others were taken but have yet to be named.
An ../Israeli police spokeswoman said that the protesters closed Ben Gurion Street for several minutes and refused to abide by police orders, leading to confrontations with ../Israeli police on horseback and riot police.
The demonstrators were removed from the street and a number of police officers were lightly wounded in the process, according to Ma’an News Agency.
Haifa is one of many cities and villages recognized as pre-1948 Palestinian lands, before the majority of residents were expelled from their homes. Some managed to remain in their villages and, today,