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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians in predawn military raids

Oct. 9, 2017 12:31 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2017 5:26 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 16 Palestinians in overnight military search raids across the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to the Israeli army.

Local sources said that Israeli army and border guard forces escorted by military jeeps raided several neighborhoods in the town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

Israeli soldiers detained four Palestinians in the town identified as former prisoners Muayyad Walid Ibrahim Ikhlayyil, 24, and Muhannad Ali Muhammad Abu Ayyash, 20, and minors Udayy Iyad Bassem Zaaqiq, 16, and Khalid Mahmoud Ali al-Sleibi, 15.

Locals estimated that 56 Palestinians have been detained in Beit Ummar since mid-June 2017, including 28 minors.

Wafa news agency said that two Palestinians were detained from the southern Bethlehem district, including one of from al-Azza refugee camp.

Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians from Jenin refugee camp in northern West Bank, and two others from Qalqilia area, also in the north, according to the report.

While the Israeli army did not provide details on the locations where the other detentions were carried out overnight, it said in a statement that a raid was conducted in Hebron city where a gun was found and confiscated.

Israeli forces detained 431 Palestinians over the course of the month of September, including 98 children, 11 women, and three journalists, according to a joint report released Sunday by Palestinian prisoners' rights group Adameer, PPS, and the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The majority, 133, were detained in the Jerusalem district, while 60 were detained from the Hebron district, 45 from the Nablus district, 40 from the Ramallah district, 38 from the Jenin district, 28 from the Bethlehem district, 15 from the Tubas district, 10 from the Salfit district, nine from the Tulkaram district, seven from the Jericho district, and six from the Gaza Strip.

The report documented that the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails reached 6,300 prisoners, including 57 female prisoners, 10 underage girls, approximately 300 children, and 450 administrative detainees -- prisoners detained without charge or trial. In the month of September, the occupation authorities issued 68 administrative detention orders, 24 of which were new orders.

"The four organizations strongly condemn Israel's gross and systematic violations of international law, and its disregard for the rights of Palestinian detainees. We also condemn the continuing occupation authorities' disregard of the legal guarantees provided by international legal regulations," the report said.

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