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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Aug. 23, 2017 10:33 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 23, 2017 3:44 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including one woman, during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank before dawn on Wednesday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said in a statement that seven Palestinians were detained in the Jerusalem area, but did not specify if they were detained by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank or by Israeli police East Jerusalem. The statement identified them as Salah al-Hamouri, Mousa Fatafta, Abd al-Karim Shuyukhi, Ali Qarain, Muhammad Sbeih, Luay Mousa, and Manal Shweiki.

Israeli forces also detained four Palestinians from the town of Biddu in the Jerusalem district of the West Bank, identified by PPS as Yousif Khalid Dar al-Sheikh, Ahmad Hussein al-Sheikh, Muhammad Falah al-Sheikh, and Abdullah Kamal al-Sheikh.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that one Palestinian was detained in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, one in the al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central Ramallah district, one in Kafr Aqab in the Jerusalem district, one in Idhna in the southern Hebron district, and one in Hebron city.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the man detained during the raid Nablus was detained on suspicions that he stole a number of vehicles.

She said Israeli police and army officers stormed and inspected a house in Nablus overnight and seized three motorcycles and three ATVs suspected to be stolen, before detaining the Palestinian. The spokeswoman added that "other things were found in his house," without elaborating.

Though al-Samri did not mention that the seized items were stolen from Israel, the fact that Israeli police and soldiers carried out a raid in the PA-controlled territory indicates that the properties were stolen from Israel.

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.

According to Palestinian prisoner’s rights group Addameer, there are some 6,128 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, including at least 320 minors and 62 women and girls.

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