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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in overnight raids

Dec. 28, 2016 2:14 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2016 7:04 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, locals and the Israeli army said.

Locals sources in the village of Deir Abu Mashal west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the town and detained two unidentified youths.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two were detained in Deir Abu Mashal and informed Ma’an another Palestinian was detained in the village of Kobar in the northeastern edge of the Ramallah district.

In Ramallah city, former prisoner Musab al-Barghouthi was also detained, according to locals.

Two Palestinian youths were detained from the town of Jabaa southwest of Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank, according to locals and the Israeli army.

Locals said that Israeli forces raided Nablus city in the northern West Bank and detained Muhannad al-Inbusi and Amin al-Thaher, and an Israeli army spokesperson said that four total detentions were made in Nablus.

Israeli media reported that a weapons manufacturing workshop was also uncovered during the Nablus raid, and that guns and ammunition were seized.

Israeli forces also raided the northern city of Jenin and detained a former prisoner Murad Malaysheh, in addition to Ammar Fashafsheh and Aysar Muhammad Amer al-Zubeidi.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed three detentions in Jenin.

According to a statement from Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, Israeli police and army officers stormed the southern occupied West Bank town of Yatta, detaining a 36-year-old Palestinian "suspect" after a rifle, ammo, and two “vehicle computers” -- allegedly to be used in auto theft operations -- were found in his possession.

His remand will be extended later on Wednesday, al- Samri added.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

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