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Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians during raids

Oct. 24, 2016 3:18 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2016 5:49 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least eight Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank on Sunday and during overnight raids until dawn on Monday, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS released a statement Monday, saying that two Palestinians were detained overnight Monday from the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

The group identified the detainees as Ahmad Jabr al-Hajj Muhammad, 30, and Hamza Labib al-Hajj Muhammad, 21.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the detention of two “Hamas operatives” from the Nablus-area village of Talfit.

The statement added that 19 year-old Abd al-Qader Hashash al-Samari and 18 year-old Bakr Omran Hashash al-Samarai were detained in Nablus during the day on Sunday.

Also in the northern West Bank, PPS identified one Palestinian who was detained from the Qalqiliya governorate, and identified him as Ahmad Hmeida al-Raai, 33.

PPS added that Israeli forces also detained three Palestinians from Jerusalem during the day on Sunday, and identified them as Samed Esila, Ammar al-Salayma and Radwan Abu Sneina.

Israeli forces conduct overnight detention raids on a near-daily basis across the occupied West Bank.

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 alone.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August. The organization estimates that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

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