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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians during predawn West Bank raids

Aug. 25, 2016 7:09 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 11:15 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces Thursday detained at least 13 Palestinians during predawn raids on Thursday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Israeli forces carried out raids in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, detaining at least eight Palestinians. Six were detained in the village of Silwad after Israeli forces raided several houses, identified by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) as Handala Hammad, Abd al-Aziz Lutfi Hammad, Ibrahim Hammad, Muhammad Khalid Hammad, Saif Salah Salim, and Labib Abdullah al-Natour, while Muhammad Ameen Abu Rdah was detained from al-Amari refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed six detentions in Silwad and another in al-Amari, and added that another Palestinian was detained from the village of Yabrud in Ramallah.

In the Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detained Alaa Jalal al-Nashash and Mahmoud Issam Jaber, according to PPS. However, no details were given on the exact location where the detentions were carried out. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, in the village of Qabatiya in the northernmost district of Jenin, Israeli forces detained Qusai Hanaysha, while Israeli forces also raided the village of Yatta in the southern district of Hebron, detaining Hamza Abd al-Qader Esmerat, according to PPS. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a detention in Qabatiya and another in Yatta.

According to Israeli media, Israeli forces also raided the village of al-Ramadin in Hebron, claiming to have found weapons. However, no detentions were reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson reported an additional detention the village of Abu Dis in the West Bank’s Jerusalem district.

Israeli forces carry out raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis. Although UN documentation estimates that the army has carried out a weekly average of 75 detention raids in the occupied West Bank so far in 2016, the average rose to 93 weekly raids from June onwards.

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