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Israeli forces detain Palestinians, confiscate surveillance equipment in West Bank raids

April 28, 2017 12:24 P.M. (Updated: April 28, 2017 8:48 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians during predawn raids on Friday in the occupied West Bank, according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the Doha area of Bethlehem city and detained three brothers identified as Moussa, Malek and Hamadeh al-Zghari after raiding and searching their homes.

Israeli forces also raided the al-Saff Street in the city and detained Naji Abed Hijazi, 43, after raiding and searching his home.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one person was detained from Bethlehem.

In the central West Bank Salfit distrit, Israeli forces raided the Yasuf village in the eastern part of the district, where they raided the village council’s office and confiscated surveillance camera recorders.

Head of the Yasuf village council Hafeth Ubayya told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided houses of the council’s employees and took them to the council building to open its doors.

Israeli forces confiscated recorders of surveillance cameras claiming they wanted to see movement on the street over the past few days.

The Israeli army spokesperson said she would look into reports of the raid. Additionally, the spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained from the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

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.

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