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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in West Bank raids

April 27, 2017 5:10 P.M. (Updated: April 27, 2017 5:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians during predawn raids Thursday across the occupied West Bank, in addition to sealing a lathing workshop under the claim that it was “illegally manufacturing weapons,” according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources. 

Israeli military raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank. The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and 78 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

Approximately 6,300 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, including some 300 minors, and 500 Palestinians who have not been charged or tried, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

Northern West Bank

Locals in the Nablus district told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Nasir Radwan Abu Thabet, a student at al-Najah University, after raiding and searching his home in the village of Beit Dajan in eastern Nablus.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an one detention from Beit Dajan, and one Palestinian from the al-Masakin al-Shabiya area of Nablus. 

Separately, Israeli forces raided the home of 16-year-old Saleh Omar Saleh and interrogated the teenager’s family members. Saleh, a resident of the Balata refugee camp, was shot and injured by Israeli forces at the Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus on Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to stab a group of soldiers stationed in the area.

In the northeastern West Bank district of Tubas, Israeli forces detained two “youths” identified as Faze Sawafta and Usama Sawafta from Tubas city, while Lut Bisharat was detained from the village of Tammun in southern Tubas.

The Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that four Palestinians, who she identified as Hamas operatives, were detained from Tammun.

In Qalqiliya, Israeli forces detained Alaa Said Obeid, 15, and Ali Muhammad Amer, 25, after raiding and searching their family homes in the town of Kafr Qaddum.

The Israeli army confirmed two detentions from Kafr Qaddum.

Central & Southern West Bank

In the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, the Israeli army released a statement saying they raided the town of Abu Dis, in cooperation with Israeli intelligence, police, and border police, and closed a lathing and blacksmith workshop for allegedly manufacturing weapons. 

According to the army, one Palestinian was detained during raids on the central West Bank city of al-Bireh, located adjacent to Ramallah. 

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, locals reported that Israeli forces detained Ahmad Abd al-Rahim Deiriyeh, 28, from the Beit Fajjar town in southern Bethlehem after raiding and searching his house.

The Israeli army, meanwhile, reported two detentions from Beit Fajjar, and one from the Bethlehem-area village of Hussan. 

An Israeli army spokesperson also told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained from Hebron city. 

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