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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians across the West Bank

Feb. 18, 2016 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 18, 2016 9:26 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, locals and the Israeli army said.

Locals said Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman identified as Enas Elias Muhammad Burhan al-Jabri, 19, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, after Israeli forces reportedly found a knife on the woman.

An Israeli army spokesperson could not confirm the incident, but added that one Palestinian had been detained in Hebron overnight Wednesday.

Locals identified the detainee as Louy Basel Shadeed from Dura village.

Locals said clashes broke out in Dura village as well as nearby Halhul village, as Israeli forces raided the areas.

No detentions were reported in Halhul, though locals said Israeli forces raided the house of Palestinian prisoner of Israel Maher al-Hashlmoun in the village, and took 15,000 shekels ($3,843) from the home.

In the northern district of Tulkarem, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians identified as Ahamd Hassan Rayhan, Muhammad Zayton and Alaa Mazen Zeidan

An Israeli army spokesperson only confirmed two detentions in the district.

In the neighboring district of Salfit, Israeli forces detained at least three more Palestinians from Deir Istiya village. 

The three were identified as Jihad Abdul-Karim Abdullah, 21, Mustafa Dawood Abdullah, 18, and Karam Radi Abdullah, 18.

In the southern Bethlehem district, locals said Israeli forces detained a Palestinian identified as Muhammad Ali Najajrah, 20.

An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinians had been detained from the Bethlehem district.

In the northern district of Qalqilya, the spokesperson said three Palestinians had been detained.

In Ramallah's al-Qubeiba village, Israeli forces detained Yousef Abdul-Hafiz Maali, 15, and Mahmoud Ali Hamouda, 15, locals said.

Locals also reported that Israeli forces raided Qalandiya refugee camp in the Ramallah district and summoned relatives from the Abu Gosh family in for questioning.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimates that around 40 percent of the Palestinian male population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has been detained at some point.

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