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Israeli forces detain 31 in West Bank raids

July 7, 2013 11:27 A.M. (Updated: July 8, 2013 5:51 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 31 Palestinians before dawn on Sunday in raids across the West Bank, the army said.

Soldiers detained eight Palestinians in Nablus, a military spokesman said.

Locals said Israeli military jeeps raided Nablus' Old City at around 3 a.m as well as the al-Maajin neighborhood. Soldiers detained

Musab al-Shami, Mahmud al-Shami, Mohammad al-Aboud, Khalid Abu Zarour, Karm Mansour, Mohammad al-Natour and Ahmad al-Natour, locals told Ma'an.

Israeli forces also raided several areas around Ramallah, detaining five Palestinians in Deir Abu Mashal and one in Jalazun refugee camp, the military spokesman said. Soldiers detained two Palestinians in Bilin and two in Nilin, villages which hold weekly protests against Israel's separation wall.

Forces also detained two Palestinians in Beit Ummar, near Hebron, another site of weekly protests, as well as two from Hebron, two from Idhna, northwest of the city and three from al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

Soldiers detained one Palestinian in Bethlehem and two in Abu Dis, north of Bethlehem, and one Palestinian in Birqin, near Jenin in the northern West Bank.

The army spokesman said the detainees were taken for security questioning.
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