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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians in West Bank raids

April 18, 2017 1:58 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2017 6:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians between Monday afternoon and Tuesday at dawn across the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) and the Israeli army.

In the northern occupied West Bank, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Raed Ibrahim Harasha, 20, from the village of Qaffin in Tulkarem, while Muhammad Assad Nazzal was detained from the village of Qabatiya in the Jenin district.

Meanwhile, several Palestinians in the Jenin-area village of al-Yamoun suffered from severe tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces raided the village Tuesday morning.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa said that Israeli forces raided the village, where they fired tear gas at people’s homes, causing a number of residents to suffer from suffocation.

Emergency medical crews of the Palestinian Red Crescent treated most cases on site, while one man was transferred to the hospital.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were unaware of the incident, but would look into reports.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians.

During predawn detention raids, Israeli forces stormed the village of Qarawat Bani Zeid and detained Muhammad Abdullah Arar, 35, and Muhammad Abd al-Rahim Isnaf, 24, according to PPS. In the village of Nilin, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Suhaib Fahmi Srour and Mustafa Ibrahim Srour.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed two detentions from Nilin.

Meanwhile, PPS mentioned the names of three out of four Palestinians who were detained Monday afternoon near the Ramallah-area village of Beituniya following clashes and protests outside the nearby Ofer military prison.

Also in the central West Bank, PPS reported that 60-year-old Saleh al-Fakhouri was detained from the Jerusalem district.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians. The two were identified as Ayman Munther Thawabta, 21, from the village of Beit Fajjar, and Mahmoud Khalil Nabhan, 21, from al-Ubayyat.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention from Beit Fajjar, adding that one Palestinian was detained from the town of Beit Sahour, while one was detained from Hussan, both in the Bethlehem area.

In the southern district of Hebron, PPS reported that Israeli forces detained Aysar Bilal Fdeilat, 18, from al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron.

The Israeli army confirmed to Ma’an one detention from al-Arrub, adding that one Palestinian was detained from Hebron city.

Israeli military raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank. The UN recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and a weekly average of 78 raids thus far in 2017.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of March, including 61 women, 300 minors, and 500 held without charge under administrative detention. The group has estimated that 40 percent of Palestinian men have been detained by Israel at some point in their lives.

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