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Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Feb. 6, 2017 4:14 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2017 6:01 P.M.)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 10 Palestinians in overnight raids before dawn on Monday across the occupied West Bank, according Israeli and Palestinian sources.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from Askar refugee camp east of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), however, said that three Palestinians were detained in Askar, identifying them as Bassem al-Afghani, 35, Ahmad Jamal Marshud, 22, and Muhammad Alaa Bashkar, 24.

The Israeli army said that three Palestinians were detained from Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah -- one of whom they said was a Hamas operative.

PPS identified two of the Jalazun detainees as Jihad Muhammad al-Faqiyeh, 24, and Othman Arabi Nakhla, 28.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the Israeli army said two Palestinians were detained from the village of Tarqumiya and one from the town of Idhna.

PPS, meanwhile, said 35-year-old Nader Abu Mayala was detained in the city of Hebron.

The West Bank raids came as Israeli forces detained at least 14 Palestinians and seized tens of thousands of dollars' worth of cash and property in large-scale overnights raids in occupied East Jerusalem, which targeted the families of Palestinians who were either slain or incarcerated after carrying out or allegedly carrying out attacks.

Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on a near-nightly basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were detained in Israeli prisons as of October 2016.
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