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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians overnight in West Bank

Sept. 26, 2017 7:34 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2017 7:34 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 19 Palestinians overnight between Monday and Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. 

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, six Palestinians, two of whom were former prisoners of Israel, were detained by Israeli forces after their homes were raided in the Nablus district of the northern West Bank. 

Wafa reported that two other Palestinians were detained from the Qalqiliya district and from the village of Jaba in the Jenin district. 

In the central West Bank, three Palestinians, including a minor, were detained during raids in the Jerusalem district, Wafa noted. 

Wafa added that another Palestinian was detained at the container checkpoint northeast of Jerusalem after being stopped by Israeli forces. According to Wafa, the detainee is a resident of al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron. 

Abdul-Rahman Awad, a journalist, was also detained from the Ramallah-area village of Budrus, Wafa said. 

Israeli forces also raided the village of Husan in the Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank and the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem city. Wafa reported that at least four Palestinians were detained in the Bethlehem district. 

In the Hebron district, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian from the village of Dura. A 14-year-old Palestinian was also detained during a separate Israeli army raid in the Hebron district, Wafa reported. 

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that 18 Palestinians were detained during overnight raids, but did not provide the exact location of the 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 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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