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Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Feb. 5, 2017 1:46 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2017 6:48 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) – Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians in predawn military raids Sunday across the occupied West Bank districts of Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem.

State-run Palestinian news agency Wafa identified those detained in the southern Bethlehem district as Muhammad Rashad Issa, his brother Ahmad, and Qusay Issa from the town of al-Khader. Ahmad Ibrahim al-Umour, 19, was detained in the village of Tuqu, while 16-year-old Muhammad Raed Hamamra was detained in Husan.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that six total detentions were carried out in the Bethlehem area, though she said two were made in al-Khader, one in Tuqu, and two alleged "Hamas operatives" in Husan.

The spokesperson added that another Palestinian was detained in the central occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham in the Ramallah district, and two alleged Hamas operatives were detained in Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Wafa's report also said that Israeli police detained a Muhammad Abd al-Samad Shawahna from his workplace in the Israeli city of Ashkelon for lacking a work permit to enter Israel. The news agency said Shawahna was a resident of Silat al-Harithiya village in the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were detained in Israeli prisons as of October 2016.

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