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Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians across West Bank

Jan. 7, 2016 12:33 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 7, 2016 8:48 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that two young Palestinian men from the northern West Bank town of Ya’bad near Jenin were detained after they were stopped for inspection at an Israeli military checkpoint near the town of Arraba.

They were identified as Muhannad Suleiman Amarna, an officer in the Palestinian national security service, and Majid Nizar Atatra.

Israeli forces also raided the northern West Bank village of Awarta east of Nablus at dawn and detained a young Palestinian man, identified as 22-year-old Mutasim Nabil Awwad, an undergraduate student in his senior year at An-Najah National University.

In Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem, undercover Israeli forces using vehicles with Palestinian registration plates detained a young man identified as Musab Hamamda.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that at least 14 Palestinians were detained in raids overnight, including nine in Ramallah district, three in Bethlehem, one in Hebron, and one in Qalqiliya.

She said that two Palestinians detained northwest of Ramallah and one north of Ramallah were "Hamas operatives," while the other 11 were detained for "illegal activity."

According to Palestinian prisoners rights organization Addameer, the Israeli army detained 500 Palestinians in December.

At least 6,800 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli custody, a number which has jumped significantly since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October.
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