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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in West Bank, East Jerusalem raids

March 16, 2017 4:15 P.M. (Updated: March 16, 2017 6:14 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians during overnight raids Thursday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to local Palestinian and Israeli army sources.

The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 73 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of January, 53 of whom were women and 300 of them minors. Some 420 Palestinians were detained throughout the month of February alone -- including 70 minors and 22 women and girls.

Northern West Bank

In the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained former prisoner Nidal Muhammad Nawfal.

In the Tubas district, locals reported that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, and identified them as former prisoner Abdullah Jihad Bani Odeh from Tubas, former prisoner Muath Khalid Daraghma from Tubas, and Luay Rashid Daraghma.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that one Palestinian was detained from Tubas city, while another was detained from the Tubas-area village of Tammun.

The spokesperson added that one Palestinian was detained from the Nablus-area village of Jammaain.

East Jerusalem

Locals from occupied East Jerusalem told Ma’an that Ahmad Abd al-Haidari was detained from the neighborhood of Issawiya, and that Arafat Abu al-Hamam was detained from Silwan.

Central & Southern West Bank

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the al-Amari refugee camp. Locals identified the two as Ayman Abu Arab and Ahmad Abu Arab.

The Israeli army told Ma’an that three Palestinians were detained from al-Amari.

In the southern West Bank Hebron district, locals reported that Ahmad al-Sharif al-Hih was detained from the village of Surif.

The Israeli army cited one detention in Surif, as well as another in the Hebron-area village of al-Samu.

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