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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians, 4 former prisoners, in West Bank raids

Feb. 13, 2018 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 15, 2018 10:46 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 13 Palestinians, including former prisoners, during pre dawn raids in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained four former prisoners in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, one who served 13 years in prison, one who served 12 years,one who served six years and the fourth who spent five years in Israeli prison.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem, and detained Nihad Abu Harb, Mahfouth Abu Aisha, Alaa Abu Qseidi and Faris Khalifa.

PPS reported that one Palestinian, whose identity remained unknown, was detained from Jenin.

Also in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that two young Palestinian women were detained in the Jordan Valley for allegedly wearing a military uniform and carrying a weapon.Their identities also remained unknown.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians. PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Ahmad Odeh and Jasser Abed Rabbu from the Qalandiya refugee camp, while sources from Ma’an said that Israeli forces detained Fadi Hammad after raiding and searching his house in the village of Silwad.

Israeli forces also raided several houses in Ithna in Hebron, the town of Tuqu and the Aida refugee camp in the Bethlehem district of the southern West Bank.

Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to UN documentation, between January 16 and 29, Israeli forces carried out 160 search and arrest operations in the West Bank, while 2018 has seen a to a bi weekly average of 176 search and detention raids.

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