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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians across West Bank

Feb. 10, 2014 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 4:14 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided several villages in the occupied West Bank and detained 12 Palestinians early Monday, Israel's army and locals said.

Israeli forces raided the city of Nablus and two neighboring villages early Monday and detained five Palestinians, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli troops entered the Ras al-Ayn and Ikshekiya neighborhoods of Nablus, detaining 22-year-old Abboud Maysara Ayyub and 17-year-old Farid Suleiman Subih.

Separately, Israeli soldiers raided Burin village south of Nablus and detained 20-year-old Qays Bilal Umran, who locals say is a supporter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

A third detention raid was carried out in the village of Beita, where soldiers arrested 24-year-old Mahmoud Maali and 21-year-old Muhammad al-Shurafa.

Locals said the arrest took place at the village's major intersection, where the two were waiting to greet a Palestinian prisoner who was to be freed from Israeli custody.

Meanwhile, in Nilin, Israeli forces arrested two members of the Hamas movement in an overnight raid, a human rights group said.

Tadamon said in a statement that Israeli forces detained 46-year-old Shukri Mahmoud al-Khawaja and 42-year-old Abd al-Qahir Ali Surour, who were leaders of Hamas in the Ramallah area.

According to the statement, al-Khawaja has already served 15 years in Israeli prisons, during which time he began to lose his eyesight as a result of medical negligence.

Surour has been detained and released by Israeli forces seven times in his lifetime, and was last released a month ago, the statement said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said one Palestinian was detained in Rummana, two in Nablus, one in Beita, one in Burin, two in Nilin, four in Beit Ula, and one in Tulkarem, an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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