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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

June 15, 2017 5:10 P.M. (Updated: June 19, 2017 7:47 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

In Nablus city in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported in a statement that Israeli forces detained Farouq Nabil al-Bashtawi. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that Israeli forces had detained a Palestinian in Nablus city for allegedly being a Hamas operative.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained from the northern Qalqiliya district -- one from Qalqiliya city and another from the village of Azzun. Palestinian sources did not provide additional information on these detentions.

In the central West Bank district of Salfit, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.

Also in the central West Bank, Nayef Muhammad Bazar was detained from the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, according to PPS, which did not identify the exact village from which Bazar was detained.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the southern West Bank Bethlehem district, identified by PPS as Raed Ibrahim Abu Friha, Bilal Ismail Masalma, and Ahmad Ubeidallah. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed a detention in Beit Sahur and another in the village of Hussan in the Bethlehem district.

According to PPS, Israeli forces also detained four Palestinians, including three former prisoners of Israel, from the Hebron district in the southern West Bank. PPS identified the detainees as Anas Shadid, Murad al-Qawasmeh, Mahmoud al-Uweiwi, and Safwat Muhammad al-Jaabari.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed three detentions in Hebron city.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli authorities carried out 90 army raids in Palestinian communities between May 16 and 29, the UN has reported.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prison as of May.
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