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Israeli forces detain dozens in Hebron camp

Sept. 7, 2013 10:35 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2013 3:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained over 30 Palestinians in a refugee camp near Hebron early Saturday after a firebomb was hurled at a military tower.

Israeli forces escorted dozens of young men and children from the al-Arrub camp in the raid, local popular committee spokesman Ahmad Abu Khayran said.

"We still don't know the exact number of detainees, because from time to time the Israeli forces release a few of those detained since dawn," Abu Khayran told Ma'an.

Earlier, a firebomb was thrown at a military tower near the camp in the southern West Bank, setting it on fire.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers ransacked dozens of homes, breaking doors and beating residents before taking dozens of handcuffed men and children out of the camp.

An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers and border police searched the area for suspects following the firebombing, "encountering heavy rock hurling."

They detained 32 suspects at the scene, who were later released, the army spokesman told Ma'an.

Three Palestinians were arrested and transferred to Israeli police custody for questioning, he added.

Locals confirmed to Ma'an that all detainees were released, except for three who they identified as Muhammad Abu Afifeh, Muhammad Jawabra and Khalid Jawabra.

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