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Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians in raids, including 11- and 12-year-old boys

July 10, 2017 10:47 A.M. (Updated: July 11, 2017 11:58 A.M.)
Israeli army raids al-Duheisha refugee camp early Monday morning
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians -- including two young children -- in military raids across the occupied West Bank between Sunday night and Monday morning, with a raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp sparking fierce clashes with locals.

Israeli troops stormed the refugee camp, located in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, around dawn on Monday, and broke into several homes after bursting open their front doors.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers showered the camp with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas. Before they left, Israeli forces detained 22-year-old Haidar Izzat Abu Dayya, 18-year-old Yazan Yousif Manna, and 23-year-old Muhammad Yousif Milhem.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three detentions and said they were looking into reports of clashes to provide comment.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday evening, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian boys aged 11 and 12 years old, during a military raid in the village of al-Judeira in the Jerusalem district of the occupied West Bank.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli troops raided the village and detained 11-year-old Khattab Muhammad Barjas and 12-year-old Hindi Nasser al-Hindi while the two were playing in front of their house.

Locals highlighted that Israeli military raids are a daily occurrence into the village, which is subject to a heightened military presence due to its proximity to Israel’s illegal separation wall and military bases built on the community’s land.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were looking into reports of the raid.

In a predawn military raid into the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli forces detained two young men, identified by locals Anas Naim Misk and Uday Muhammad Abu Turki.

During the raid, Israeli forces also delivered a summons to Raafat al-Julani, demanding that he appear for questioning at an Israeli interrogation center.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two detentions in Hebron, and also said that an additional Palestinian was detained in the town of Yatta south of Hebron city.

She added that one Palestinian was detained in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, and that another Palestinian was detained in the village of al-Jalama on the northernmost edge of the district of Jenin.

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

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injuries.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons as of May, include 300 minors.
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