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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians in predawn raids across West Bank

July 3, 2017 10:18 A.M. (Updated: July 3, 2017 5:43 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians in predawn military raids carried out across the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian sources and the Israeli army said.

Israeli forces stormed the village of Kafr Qaddum in northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya and detained five Palestinians, three of whom were teenagers, Murad Shteiwi, a local activist and spokesperson in the village said.

He identified the detainees as 15-year-old Salah Mansour, his 16-year-old brother Subhi, 16-year-old Amr Muhammad Taha, 19-year-old Aref Marwan, and 26-year-old Aws Abd al-Raziq.

Shteiwi noted that the detention raid came as Kafr Qaddum was preparing to organize a major rally, marking the sixth anniversary of the village's weekly Friday protest against Israeli land confiscations and the closure of the village's southern road by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed five detentions in Kafr Qaddum, and said that three additional Palestinians were also detained in nearby Qalqiliya city.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, including one alleged "Hamas operative," in the Ras al-Ein neighborhood of Nablus' Old City in the northern occupied West Bank, according to the army.

In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, two detentions were carried out in the village of Beit Liqya, and four in the village of Abud, the army spokesperson said, while one Palestinian was detained in the village of Husan in the southern Bethlehem district.

Israeli forces also raided several areas in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight, with no detentions being reported there.

Israeli troops raided the village of Abu al-Urqan near Dura and ransacked a blacksmith's workshop belonging to Muhammad al-Zagh al-Shawamra. After searching the place, Israeli soldiers delivered a summons to the owner's son Rabah, demanding that appear at an Israeli detention center for questioning later on Monday.

In the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron city, Israeli troops stormed the home of Ibrahim Ali Ikhlayyil and upended the interior, according to a local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awwad.

Israeli police forces also stormed a house in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Bahir, detained a Palestinian, and seized a rifle, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement. "The rifle was wrapped in a bag and a woman threw it from a window after she noticed police forces near the house. A suspect was also detained illegally possessing a weapon," she said.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of May, including 300 minors.
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