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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Oct. 24, 2017 1:32 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 25, 2017 1:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians during overnight raids between Monday night and Tuesday morning in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reported that 16 Palestinians were detained, saying that five were detained in the Qabatiya town, near Jenin, five others in Bethlehem, two from Hebron, two from Qalqiliya, and one from Ramallah.

Locals in the Hebron-area village of Beit Awwa, located in the southern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Yasser Abd al-Razeq Masalma after raiding his, and several other homes in the area.

Israeli forces allegedly confiscated 80,000 shekels ($22,851) Masalma’s home claiming the money was given to support “illegal” Palestinian groups.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 19 Palestinians were detained in the West Bank, giving no details regarding the locations of the arrests.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 121 search and arrest operations across the West Bank and arrested 205 Palestinians, including nine children, between September 26 and October 9.

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