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Israeli forces detain 9 in overnight arrest raids

March 20, 2014 12:40 P.M. (Updated: March 20, 2014 12:40 P.M.)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested nine Palestinians in overnight arrest raids across the West Bank, Israel's army and locals said.

Israeli military forces raided the northern village of Azzun and detained four men, witnesses said.

Villagers were forced to wait outside in the street for several hours at gunpoint before Thaer Zamari, 23, Mahmoud Ghalib Badwan, 22, Jaafar Sami Udwan, 24 and Muhammad Imad Radwan, 23, were blindfolded and taken away in military vehicles.

In Nablus, Israeli forces arrested 17-year-old Samir Hamdi Muflih after ransacking his family home. Bakr al-Tawil, 24, was detained at the Huwwara checkpoint and taken to a nearby military base, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said nine Palestinians were detained, three in al-Jalazun refugee camp, three in Salfit, one in Nablus, one in Birzeit and one in Hebron.
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