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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Sept. 29, 2016 7:35 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2016 12:39 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- At least 13 Palestinians were detained in overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday in the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian sources told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they had records of 10 detentions overnight.

They listed one detention in the Nur Shams refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, as well as two others in the Ramallah district -- one in the al-Amari refugee camp, and another in the village of Mazariaa al-Nubani.

However, locals reported that the Israeli army also detained two former Palestinian prisoners in the Ramallah-area village of Silwad.

The family of Amin Saleh Hamed, 60, and his son Abed al-Hadi, 30, said that Israeli forces raided their home, deliberating causing damage to their property when they came to detain the two.

Israeli forces also raided Hamed’s brother’s home, blowing off his front door.

The family added that Hamed, who has reportedly spent years in Israeli prisons, suffers from chronic diseases. Another one of his sons is also currently serving a 17-year sentence in Israeli custody.

In the southern West Bank, the Israeli army spokesperson listed four detentions in the Bethlehem district -- three in the village of Beit Jala and one alleged Hamas operative in the village of Beit Awwa.

An Israeli army statement stated that Israeli forces found three hunting rifles, two guns, military equipment, ammunition and hundreds of bullets during raids in Beit Jala.

The army spokesperson also noted three detentions in the Hebron district -- one in Surif, one in Beit Awwa, and another in Deir Samit, where armed forces reportedly found a homemade gun.

Meanwhile, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad said that Israeli forces detained Abd al-Nasser Abu Maria, 17, in the town of Beit Ummar.

On the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, Israeli forces detained at least 20 Palestinians according to Israeli and Palestinian sources, including Palestinian Legislative Council member Muhammad Jamal al-Natsheh.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of August.
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