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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians across West Bank

Oct. 13, 2015 3:59 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 3:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, locals and the Israeli army said.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided the village of Tuqu east of Bethlehem and detained four teenagers after ransacking their homes.

The teenagers were identified as Muhyi Ahmad al-Imor, in the 9th grade, Muhammad Diyab Sabbah, in the 10th, Mahmoud Khalil Abu Mufareh, in the 11th grade, and Arif al-Imor, in the 12th.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed four Palestinians were detained in Bethlehem, as well as two in Jenin, two in Ramallah, four in Hebron, and three in Qalqiliya.

She said they were all detained for "suspected illegal activities."

Over the weekend, the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners' Affairs that Israeli forces have detained up to 650 Palestinians since the beginning of October, most of them younger than 20 years old.

The committee said in a statement that most of the Palestinians were detained during clashes with Israeli soldiers, or subsequently in overnight raids on the pretext of resisting Israeli soldiers.

It added that many Palestinians had reported being held for hours at interrogation centers, undergoing humiliation and violent beatings.
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