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Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian girl, raid female student dormitory overnight

Sept. 25, 2017 1:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2017 6:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided several areas of the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in the predawn hours of Monday, clashing with Palestinians and arresting three, including a 14-year-old girl.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces detained a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from the town of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem in the central West Bank, “on suspicion of intention to carry out an attack.”

Wafa added that three Palestinians were detained from the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan. Among the detainees were two brothers, aged 18 and 20, and a third unidentified resident.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they would look into reports of the detention in Anata. An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the detentions in Silwan.

Meanwhile, in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israeli forces raided several homes in the al-Duheisha refugee camp and ordered a three-week shutdown of a bookstore in the camp.

A bookstore and a number of other shops in the camp was forcibly shut down by Israeli forces last month, prompting the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to launch a campaign to reopen it. It remained unclear if the bookstore shut down Sunday night was the same business.

According to Wafa, clashes broke out during the raid between local youth in Duheisha and Israeli forces, who fired tear gas. While no detentions were reported, one camp resident was hospitalized after he was reportedly severely beaten by the soldiers.

In the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, clashes erupted after Israeli forces raided a female students’ dormitory at the Khadouri Technical University.

Wafa reported that soldiers ransacked and searched several dorm rooms, while a number of Israeli jeeps closed off the main street to the university.

During the raid, clashes broke out in the area between students and Israeli forces, who fired tear gas, causing several to be hospitalized after suffering from sever tear gas inhalation.

A car was also reportedly burnt after it was hit by a tear gas canister, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

The army spokesperson told Ma’an they would look into reports of the raids and clashes in al-Duheisha and Tulkarem.

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 out thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

Israeli forces detained 522 Palestinians, including 130 minors and 16 women, over the course of the month of August, according to a joint report released Palestinian institutions focusing on prisoners' rights.

The total number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons reached 6,300 prisoners, the report said, 64 of them women. Among them are 10 girls under the age of 18 and 300 underage boys, 450 administrative detainees imprisoned without charge or trial, and 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Palestinian parliament.

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