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Israeli forces raid Palestinian civil office in Hebron's Old City

Aug. 2, 2017 2:14 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2017 4:00 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces raided a civil investigations office in the Old City of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank on Wednesday, detained the staff members, and confiscated equipment from the office.

Local sources told Ma’an that the office was opened just a few days ago after an agreement was made between Palestinian and Israeli authorities to establish an office in order to deal with a “wave of increased violence” among locals, especially family disputes in the area which often turn violent.

The sources noted that 30 Palestinian civil employees were hired to work at the office.

Israeli forces have continued to hold a number of the employees, local sources said, while Palestinian authorities have been making calls to the Israeli side in order to secure the release of the employees and allow them to continue their work.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she would look into reports on the raid and detentions.

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