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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians across West Bank

Aug. 28, 2014 5:01 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 30, 2014 8:53 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 16 Palestinians across the West Bank early Thursday, targeting homes in raids near Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, and Ramallah,

Israeli forces detained 24-year-old Ghassan Zeidan Najjar in the Nablus area village of Burin in a dawn raid on his home on Thursday, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.

Israeli troops also broke into home of the principal of the Burin elementary school and told him he would be detained if pupils from his school continued to throw stones at settler vehicles traveling on the main road near Burin.

The raid came after Israeli forces stormed the Burin school on Wednesday and fired tear gas after a student reportedly threw a rock at a car belonging to an Israeli settler traveling on a nearby road.

Israeli forces also ransacked home of Salah Najjar without making detentions.

In Tulkarem, meanwhile, the Palestinian security sources said that Israeli troops ransacked several homes before dawn before they detained Akram Qaadan, Samir Fakhouri, Qassam Riyad Bdeir, Abd al-Basit Issam Shreitih, and Amjad Abu Safaqa.

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the Ramallah-area village of Betlo early Thursday as well, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society.

Othman Asaad and Mahmoud al-Bazar were detained from the village after soldiers raided their homes, while Fidaa Suleiman, 22, was detained at Modiin military checkpoint west of Ramallah.

The prisoner rights group added that Suleiman's two brothers Khader and Ahmad Suleiman are currently being held as prisoners in Israeli jails.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the five arrests in Tulkarem but did not have information on the remaining arrests.

She did, however, add that four Palestinians were arrested in Hebron and three south of Bethlehem in overnight raids.

She added that all of the detained individuals were "suspected of being involved in terrorist activity."
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