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Israeli forces detain several Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Sept. 28, 2017 7:01 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 11:35 A.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Several Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in predawn raids Thursday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians in predawn raids, identifying one detainee as Rami Jamal from the Jerusalem-area village of Beit Surik.

According to Wafa, Jamal is a relative of 37-year-old Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, who was shot dead by Israeli forces after he carried out a shooting attack at the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Adar, located adjacent to Beit Surik. It remained unclear exactly how the two were related.

Other members of the Jamal family have also been detained since Nimr carried out a shooting the attack Tuesday that left an Israeli border police officer and two security guards killed, before he was shot dead.

Israeli forces said in a statement Thursday that two guns and 50 "illegal vehicles" were also confiscated from Beit Surik during the raid, and that "slogans against Israel" were removed off walls of houses.

More Israeli work permits of Jamal's extended family were also revoked.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detention in Beit Surik, and told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained from the northern West Bank Qalqiliya area, though they did not specify from which town or village. 

Meanwhile, in the Ramallah-area village of Budrus, Wafa reported that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, including a journalist. Their identities remained unknown.

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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