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Israeli forces detain 16 Palestnians in West Bank raids

July 11, 2018 12:44 P.M. (Updated: July 11, 2018 12:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians during predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Hebrew-language media reported that Israeli forces, Shin Bet and Israeli police seized money and weapons during raids in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the Deir al-Ghusun village in Tulkarem of the northern West Bank and the Qatanna village in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

A Ma'an reporter confirmed that Israeli forces launched a raid in the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar in the Hebron district detaining 9 Palestinians.

The detainees were identified as Raed Sharif Abu Maria, Ayham Khalil Sabarneh, brothers Khalil and Ammar Jamal Abu Maria, and brothers Eyad and Ziad Amer al-Sleibi, Hassan Muhammad Muqbel, Jihad Raed Muqbel and Ahmad Samir Abu Ayyash.

Clashes broke out afterwards between Palestinians and Israeli forces, during which a number of Palestinians suffered tear-gas suffocation.

In the southern West Bank village of Beit Fajjar in the district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians and identified them as Jawad Mahmoud Taqatqa and Shaher Issa Taqatqa.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, one Palestinian was detained and identified as Subhi Muhammad Abu Shusha.

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in the northern West Bank district of Nablus; they were identified as former prisoner Ghassan Thukan, lawyer Ibrahim al-Amer, and Yazan Muhammad Walid.

In the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, one Palestinian was detained and identified as Usayd Yasser Salim.

According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, 605 Palestinians were arrested in the month of May 2018. As of July, there are 5900 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.
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