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7 Palestinians detained, 2 Israeli soldiers injured during overnight West Bank detention raids

Oct. 14, 2016 11:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 5:58 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- At least seven Palestinians were detained, and two Israeli soldiers were lightly injured during predawn raids Friday morning in the occupied West Bank.

According to Israeli media, two Israeli soldiers were “lightly injured” as shots were fired and “locally made bombs” were thrown at Israeli forces in the town of Qabatiya in southern Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Locals told Ma’an that clashes erupted between Israeli forces and locals during the raid, during which time Israeli forces shot live fire, tear-gas bombs and stun grenades into the crowds.

No injuries were reported.

Qabatiya resident Ahmad Naji Abu Zalta, 33, was detained by Israeli forces, according to locals.

Israeli media also reported that shots were fired at Israeli forces during a raid in the al-Askar refugee camp in the eastern part of Nablus city.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided several neighborhoods across Nablus and opened live fire on people during the raids.

At least two youths were detained from different areas in Nablus, and were identified by locals as Hamdi Khashan and Alaa Arafat.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a total of six Palestinians were detained for “illegal activities” during the raids, citing two from Tulkarem, three from Nablus, and one from Hebron.

The army spokesperson said they were looking into reports of the injured Israeli soldiers.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 186 detention raids from Sept. 6 to 19.

According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians were detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, in the first 10 days of October.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of August, many of whom face torture, denial of family visitation, and medical negligence.
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