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Israeli army carries out predawn raids in multiple areas across the West Bank

March 8, 2017 1:06 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2017 9:45 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out multiple predawn military raids Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, detaining at least 25 Palestinians, according to local sources and the Israeli army.

Israeli forces carry out 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 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

The majority of raids are carried out in cities, villages, and refugee camps located in Area A, which should be under full Palestinian Authority control according to the Oslo agreements.

Northern West Bank

In in the village of Bala in the Tulkarem district, locals told Ma'an that Israeli troops ransacked a home and detained Mahid Miri, his father, and brothers, without specifying how many of his brothers were detained.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, two Palestinians were also detained in the Tubas district.

In Nablus, local sources said Israeli forces detained 18-year-old Alaa Taha, 24-year-old Thaer Issawi, and Yousif Ramzi Dweikat.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed three detentions in the Nablus district, saying that one Palestinian was detained in the Balata refugee camp, one in the village of Jammain, and one in the Ein Beit al-Mair refugee camp.

The Israeli army also released a written statement Wednesday morning saying that they raided a store in the Nablus area that sold weaponry, and that hundreds of weapon parts and ammunition were seized.

The statement said the store’s owner and eight other suspects were detained. An Israeli army spokesperson could not confirm if the raid mentioned in the written statement were related to the three Palestinians detained in Balata, Jammain, and Ein Beit al Mair.

The army’s statement said that a “widespread” security operation had been underway in Nablus over the past few months “as part of the ongoing intelligence and operational effort against illegal weaponry in the Judea and Samaria,” using an Israeli term for the occupied West Bank.

The statement claimed Palestinians received weapons parts at an address in Nablus that were ordered online.

Central West Bank

In the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank, an Israeli army spokesperson said one Palestinian was detained in al-Ram and another was detained in Abu Dis.

Southern West Bank

In the Hebron district, the Israeli army said one Palestinian was detained in the town of Surif, identified by locals as Diyaa Hmeidat.

Also in the Hebron area, an Israeli army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was also detained in the village of al-Shuyukh, one in al-Arrub refugee camp, and two in Hebron city.

Local sources identified one of the Hebron city detainees as Muhammad Ibrahim Abu Sbeih.

Local sources in Hebron said that large numbers of Israeli forces stormed the Wadi al-Hariya neighborhood and raided a workshop owned by Abd al-Shakour Ghanim, under the pretext that the workshop was used to manufacture weapons.

Israeli forces also raided a grocery store in Wadi al-Hariya owned by Hajj Azmi Abu Rmeila and found a rifle, according to locals sources.

The Israeli army spokesperson also said that two Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem district, one in the village of Hindaza and one in Husan village.
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