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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

May 11, 2017 5:39 P.M. (Updated: May 11, 2017 5:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, the Israeli army said.

In the northern occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian from the Tulkarem refugee camp, and three others in the Qalqiliya-district village of Kafr Qaddum, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.

In the Salfit district, the army reported two detentions in the village of Kifl Haris.

The army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was detained in the village of Abwein in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, while two others were detained in the Jerusalem district -- one in Qalandiya, and the other in Beit Surik.

The army also reported in a statement that Israeli forces had raided and shuttered a shop in the Ramallah-area village of Rantis, claiming that it was allegedly being used as a meeting place to plan attacks against Israel.

In the Bethlehem district, the army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was detained in the city of Bethlehem, one in the village of al-Khader, two in the village of Beit Fajjar, and one in Husan.

They added that another Palestinian was detained overnight at the Allenby border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.

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 70 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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