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Israeli forces shoot 2 Palestinians, detain minors during predawn raids

Jan. 10, 2018 3:42 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 3:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian youths were injured with live ammunition as Israeli forces conducted predawn detention raids in several districts across the occupied West Bank before dawn on Wednesday, detaining 12 Palestinians.

Locals in the city of Jericho told Ma’an that two youths, whose identities remained unknown, were shot by Israeli forces with live ammunition during a raid on the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp. Two other Palestinians were detained during the raid.

According to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), a 16-year-old Palestinian and his 26-year-old brother were detained from Jericho.

Meanwhile, PPS said in a statement that Israeli forces detained 10 other Palestinians during West Bank raids.

In the northern West Bank, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the Jenin district, two from the Nablus district, and one from Qalqilya.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, PPS said that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the al-Amari refugee camp.

One of the detainees was identified as Jihad Abu Hmeid, 30, whose four brothers are serving life sentence in Israeli prison.

Abu Hmeid and four of his family members, including children, were reportedly “roughed up” and handcuffed during the arrest of Abu Hmeid, official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported.

PPS said Israeli forces detained two people, including a 15-year-old, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

The Israeli army said in a statement that 11 Palestinians were detained during raids.

Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to UN documentation, between December 19th and January 1st, Israeli forces carried out 170 search and arrest operations in the West Bank.

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