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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians, one minor, in overnight West Bank raids

Aug. 15, 2017 5:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 7:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- At least 17 Palestinians, including one teenager, were detained by Israeli forces during overnight raids between Monday and Tuesday across the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained in the northern West Bank, identifying one detention from the Jenin district, one from the Nablus-area village of Salem, and two from Qalqiliya City.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that three Palestinians were detained in the Nablus district, identifying them as Qais Sawalma, Muhammad Naim Issa, and Muhammad Khalid Tabanji.

Locals from Qalqiliya told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the city, identified as Kamal Ibrahim al-Baz, his son Baraa, 17, and Ahmad Quraan, 25.

PPS added that in the Tulkarem district, Israeli forces detained Khalil Ibrahim Tayyim, 27.

According to PPS, five Palestinians were detained in the central West Bank district of Ramallah, who were identified as Ahmad Hisham Elayyan, Mahmoud Nasser Zeid, Muhammad Nasser Zeid, Usama Mustafa al-Hattab, and Muhammad Othman Zahran, 18.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed five detentions from the Ramallah area, identifying three detention from the al-Jalazun refugee camp, one from the village of Deir Abu Mashaal, and one from an unidentifiable village.

In the Hebron district of the southern occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained Abd al-Halim Qafisha, 16, Issa Hassan Adi, 28, Muath Ikhlayyil, Fawzi Mahmoud Fawzi Awwad, and Muhammad al-Qassam Abu Hammad, according to PPS.

Local sources told Ma’an that Adi, Ikhlayyil, and Awwad were detained from the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar, highlighting that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli military vehicle when Israeli forces left the area.

Meanwhile, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained 16-year-old Qafisha from his home in Hebron City. PPS added that Qafisha was “injured” when he was arrested, though the nature of his injury remained unknown.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained from Beit Ummar, and one was detained from Hebron City.

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 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

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