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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Dec. 14, 2016 4:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 14, 2016 4:50 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the occupied West Bank, including two 14-year-old boys, with the Israeli army saying they also uncovered weapons during the raids, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that four Palestinians were detained from several towns in the northern Nablus district, who it identified as Hummam Rihan, 20, Nihad Abd al-Hafith Shihada, Islam al-Rifai, 22, and Nufal Abu Kushk, 50.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that four Palestinians were detained in Nablus, saying they were detained in the villages of Tell, Ahiya, Urif, and the Askar refugee camp -- where she said the detainee was arrested for being a Hamas operative.

PPS added that Israeli forces also held and interrogated some 20 Palestinians in the Nablus-area village of Madama, before releasing them several hours later.

Israeli forces also detained two teens from the Bethlehem district in the southern West Bank overnight that PPS identified as Rabiaa Alaa Taqatqa, 14, and Wissam Taqatqa, 14, in addition to Muhammad Maher al-Amarneh, 27.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three Bethlehem-area detentions, saying two were carried out in the village of Beit Fajjar, and that the third detainee was a Hamas operative.

According to reports from Israeli media, homemade weapons, ammunition, and tools used for manufacturing weapons were also allegedly uncovered in the Beit Fajjar raid.

Israeli news site Arutz Sheva reported that Israeli police and army forces also arrested two additional Palestinian youth near Beit Fajjar later Wednesday morning, who were allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at the illegal Israeli settlement Migdal Oz adjacent to Beit Fajjar.

Also in the south, two Palestinians were detained from the Hebron district, identified by PPS as Abd al-Rahman Sabbah and Ghaleb Ghazi Hmeidat. According to the army, the two were Hamas operatives and detained from the village of Surif. The spokesperson told Ma’an another Palestinian was detained near Hebron.

In the eastern Jericho district, Israeli forces also raided the village of al-Jiftlik to detain Ahmad Omar Jahhalin, 60, according to PPS.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, some 7,000 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of October, the majority of whom were detained during the near daily overnight raids conducted by the Israeli army into Palestinian towns, cities, and refugee camps.
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