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Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians in overnight raids

Feb. 18, 2014 1:59 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 19, 2014 8:56 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians in overnight arrest raids across the West Bank, locals and Israel's army said Tuesday.

A spokesman for Beit Ummar's local committee told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers raided the Hebron town and assaulted three teenagers before taking them to a detention center in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

They were identified as Nasim Taha Muhammad Abu Mariya, 16, Muhammad Yosuif Khdeir Awad, 17, and Muhannad Zuheir Mahmoud al-Alami, 16.

The teenagers were on land owned by their families at the time of the incident.

In Jerusalem, Israeli police detained four young Palestinians as they were leaving the Old City via the Lions' Gate.

Witnesses identified two of the men as Ziad Abu Hadwan and Muhammad Duibis. Two minors in the group were not identified.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said nine Palestinians were detained overnight, five in Ramallah, three in Hebron and one in Nablus.
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