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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians across West Bank during predawn raids, injure 2 with live fire

Aug. 11, 2016 8:18 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2016 3:43 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Thursday detained at least 12 Palestinians during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, while two Palestinian youths were injured with live fire during overnight clashes, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the West Bank district of Bethlehem, identified by Israeli media as Suhaib Qassim from Bethlehem city, Jalal Hani Derieh from the village of Beit Fajjar, and another unidentified Palestinian from the city of Dar Salah.

Meanwhile, in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp clashes broke out between Israeli soldiers and Israeli youths during a predawn raid on the community. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces searched the house of Srour Abu Srour, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in Beit Jala at the start of this year.

Israeli forces reportedly shot live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters into the camp, according to locals, and injured two Palestinians in the feet with live fire. Palestinians reportedly threw Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers.

Towards the south, in the district of Hebron, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an four Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces. Israeli media identified one detainee as Hadi Sabarna, an alleged Hamas operative, who was taken from the village of Beit Ummar. Another Palestinian was detained from the village of Surif, while two Palestinians were detained in the village of Bani Naim, Israeli media reported.

Israeli forces also raided the neighborhood of Abu Sneineh in central Hebron city. Locals told Ma’an Israeli forces opened live fire and shot tear gas canisters into the community after Palestinian youths threw rocks at the Abu al-Reish checkpoint at the southern entrance of the Old City.

According to locals, Israeli forces also raided the home of Muhammad al-Karke and assaulted him and his family before raiding other homes in the neighborhood.

Israeli media reported that Israeli forces also detained a Palestinian from Nablus, and another from the town of al-Ram in the district of Jerusalem. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detentions.

Israeli forces also carried out raids in the northern district of Jenin, detaining three Palestinians, according to an Israeli army spokesperson. Israeli media reported that Palestinians identified as Bassam al-Saadi and Abd al-Rahman al-Saadi, including another unidentified Palestinian, were detained for alleged involvement in the Islamic Jihad movement.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 78 search and detention raids carried out since the start of 2016, and with 108 carried out just in the previous week, according to UN documentation.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces commonly detain Palestinians during raids without evidence of any wrongdoing, subsequently sentencing the detainees for up to six-month renewable intervals without charge or trial and based on undisclosed evidence.

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