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Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians in West Bank raids

May 1, 2016 12:05 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2016 7:42 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces carried out overnights raids across the occupied Palestinian territory Sunday detaining at least six Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the southern occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron and detained 13-year-old Jalal Nayif Sleibi and a young man identified as Ibrahim Yousif Awad.

Further to the north, Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Fajjar between Hebron and Bethlehem and detained two youths identified by their families as Mousa Deiriya and Amin Thawabta.

In Bethlehem, locals and Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces raided al-Azza refugee camp in the city and detained Hamza Dadara and Muhammad al-Barbari.

Israeli forces also stormed the al-Ram and Issawiya neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank village of Beit Anan northwest of Jerusalem, Tulkarem in the north West Bank, as well as Nahhalin and Beit Sahour in the district of Bethlehem, with no detentions reports.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an four Palestinians were detained overnights in Bethlehem for suspected “illegal activities.”

Around 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, the majority of whom were detained in predawn raids that are carried out by Israeli military forces on a near-nightly basis.

The UN has documented a weekly average of more than 90 raids on Palestinian communities since the start of this year, a number of which were carried out in areas under full Palestinian jurisdiction in direct violation of the Oslo Accords.
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