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Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians during predawn raids in West Bank, East Jerusalem

July 14, 2016 6:54 P.M. (Updated: July 14, 2016 7:03 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Thursday detained at least 9 Palestinians during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained two unidentified Palestinians during raids in the Shufat refugee camp -- located in East Jerusalem, but physically separated from the city as the result of Israel's separation wall.

In the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, Muhammad Abu Hirsheh was also detained, PPS stated.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in Jenin. However, Palestinian sources did not provide more details on the detentions.

Israeli forces also carried out detention raids in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, detaining at least four Palestinians after raiding the areas of Hebron city, Bani Naim, Ithna, al-Shyoukh, Sair, and Tarqumiya.

Locals told Ma’an Israeli forces raided the Bir al-Mahjar area in Hebron City, surrounded a residential building and another building under construction near the al-Ahli Hospital, and reportedly blew off the front doors of seven houses before searching the premises.

An Israeli army spokesperson added that Israeli forces confiscated machines manufacturing weapons from two blacksmith shops in the Hebron area.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) identified those detained as Imran al-Hroub, 25, Khalid Zaarour and Jasser Abed al-Halim Nattah, 40. Locals also reported the detention of Rajai al-Hroub.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed four detentions in Hebron, with one detained for allegedly being a Hamas operative.

The entire district of Hebron has remained under an Israeli military closure since the start of this month following a series of attacks, alleged attacks, and clashes that have left four Palestinians and two Israelis killed. The villages of Bani Naim, Yatta, and Sair have also been completely sealed by Israeli forces for at least two weeks.

Israeli forces conduct search and detention raids on Palestinian communities on a near-nightly basis, with a weekly average of 88 being carried out since the start of 2016, according to UN documentation.

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