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3 Palestinians detained in Jenin following alleged shooting attack

Dec. 31, 2016 2:43 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 31, 2016 9:04 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces Saturday detained at least three Palestinians during an overnight raid in the village of Yaabad in southwestern Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, following reports of a Palestinian opening live fire on Israeli soldiers near the town.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in Yaabad, following a military search campaign after the alleged shooting attack on Israeli soldiers in the area.

Former member of the Yaabad municipality, Muhammad Abu Shamleh, told Ma’an that clashes erupted after several Israeli military vehicles raided the town overnight. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas bombs during the clashes. No injuries were reported.

Abu Shamleh added that the detained Palestinians were taken to an unknown location.

An Israeli army spokesperson added that an additional detention was carried out overnight in the village of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

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 military detention raids between Dec. 13 and Dec. 26.

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