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Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians across West Bank

Jan. 31, 2016 9:32 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2016 8:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces overnight Sunday detained at least eight Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said one Palestinian was detained in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, while two more Palestinians were detained in the southern district of Bethlehem. All three detainees were suspected of "illegal activity," the spokesperson said.

Five more Palestinians were detained in Hebron -- two for suspected "illegal activity" and three for being suspected "Hamas operatives."

The eight Palestinians have yet to be identified.

Israeli forces have detained hundreds of Palestinians since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October.

Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated in December that Israel was holding 6,800 Palestinian prisoners, including 470 children.

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