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Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians in predawn military raids

Oct. 30, 2016 2:31 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2016 8:06 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three Palestinians during predawn military raids across the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces raided the village of Burqin in the northern Jenin district, where they detained Ashraf Zeidan al-Jada and his brother Nasser.

PPS highlighted that Ashraf had previously served 12 years in Israeli prisons.

According to the group, Israeli forces also raided the town of al-Samu in the southern Hebron district, and detained 22-year-old Bilal al-Zaarir, the son of prominent Jenin-area lawmaker Basim al-Zaarir.

Hebrew language news sites also reported that a hunting rifle was seized during "security activity" in the Bethlehem area.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions to Ma’an, citing two from the village of Burqin.

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 178 detention raids from Oct. 4 to 17.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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