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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

Oct. 26, 2016 10:52 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2016 11:33 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 13 Palestinians during overnight raids on Tuesday night across the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in the West Bank district of Nablus, citing one detention in Burin, one in Awarta, one in Urif, and one in Madama.

However, Israeli media reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the village of Burin.

In the Ramallah district, the army spokesperson said that one Palestinian was detained in the city of Ramallah, while another was detained in Silwad and an alleged Hamas operative was detained in Arura.

The Palestinian detained in Ramallah was identified by locals as well-known activist Salah Khawaja.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported a total of two detentions in Silwad.

In the southern occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said that it detained two Palestinians in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu, as well as one in Beit Ummar and another in Dura in the Hebron district.

Locals in Tuqu said that Israeli forces raided the town before dawn on Wednesday and detained Ahmad Jamal al-Umour and Ahmad Khalid al-Umour after raiding their homes.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near nightly basis, while also summoning Palestinians to appear for interrogation, commonly without evidence of any wrongdoing.

Prisoners rights group Addameer reported that 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of August.
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