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Israeli forces detain 20 in predawn military raids across occupied West Bank

Oct. 16, 2016 11:17 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2016 6:38 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- At least 20 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces during overnight and predawn military raids Sunday, according to Palestinian and Israeli security sources.

Palestinian Authority (PA) security sources told Ma’an that in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Israeli forces detained six Palestinians from the town of Sabastiya.

Sources identified the detainees as Nimir Hatim Ghazal, Abd al-Karim Buhluq, Ramzi Nasser al-Hajj, Ahmad Azim, Adham Radi, and Rami Radi.

The sources highlighted that Israeli forces sealed off an apartment and a warehouse in Nablus city that were allegedly being used for manufacturing explosive devices.

Israeli troops also reportedly broke into a print shop on al-Salam street in Nablus and confiscated equipment.

From the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin, Israeli forces raided the town of Qabatiya and detained Majdi al-Qazaha.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that there were three detentions from Sabastiya, and confirmed one detention from Qabatiya.

In the central Jerusalem district, Israeli forces detained Udayy Badr from the town of Abu Dis, while five Palestinians were detained by Israeli police from the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, whom PA sources identified as three unnamed "minors," and two “young men.”

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention from Abu Dis, and added that two more were detained from the Jerusalem-area town of al-Eizariya.

In the southernmost district of Hebron, Israeli forces raided the eastern town of Bani Naim, where they detained Suhaib Abd al-Hamid Abu Jarur, Murad Muhammad Abu Sakut, Munir Yousif al-Khudour, Fawzi Yousif al-Khudour, and Fayiz al-Teir al-Khudour.

PA sources added that Israeli troops broke into a house in the Hebron-area town of Sair and seized "thousands of shekels," that the Israeli army alleged were being “used to fund resistance activities against Israel.”

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the five detentions from Bani Naim, and said they were looking to reports of the thousands of shekels being seized.

On Friday, locals from the town of Beit Ummar in the Hebron district reported that Israeli forces raided their town and broke into a store where they stole several packs of cigarettes, and caused damages estimated at 15,000 shekels ($3,926).

Israeli forces conduct night raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-daily basis. According to UN documentation, the Israeli army carried out 186 detention raids from Sept. 6 to 19.

According to Ma’an documentation, some 118 Palestinians were detained under various circumstances, predominantly during overnight detention raids, in the first 10 days of October.
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