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Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids

May 7, 2017 10:56 A.M. (Updated: May 7, 2017 2:24 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, and summoned two others to appear for interrogation.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, Palestinians security sources said that Israeli forces detained 16-year-old Muhammad Riyad Sabah from the village of Tuqu and 26-year-old Jihad Muhammad Zawahra from the village of al-Masara after searching their houses.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that two Palestinians were detained in Tuqu, and confirmed that one was also detained in al-Masara.

Earlier on Saturday night, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in al-Masara who participated in a march held in solidarity with hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Locals said that Israeli forces prevented the march from continuing and detained Ahmad Zawahra and his two sons Muhammad, 21, and Ibrahim, 18.

Before dawn Sunday morning, Israeli forces also raided Aida refugee camp in northern Bethlehem and delivered orders to Mahmoud Riyad Abu Srour, 29, and 19-year-old Mutaz Mahmoud al-Dibs to appear for interrogation at Israel's Etzion detention center.

An Israeli army spokesperson also informed Ma'an that during overnight detention raids, one Palestinian was detained in Bethlehem city, another Palestinian was detained in the town of Dura in the southern Hebron district, and two Palestinians were also detained in the town of Anata in the central Jerusalem district.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

The United Nations recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and 78 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of March, including 300 minors and 61 women

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