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Israeli forces round up 9 Palestinians, including minors in northern Israel raid

July 3, 2017 1:09 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2017 4:45 P.M.)
9 Palestinians detained Karmel (Israeli police spokesperson)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police forces stormed an apartment in Karmel city in northern Israel on Sunday night and detained nine Palestinians from the occupied West Bank who did not have Israeli permits, an Israeli police spokesperson said.

Luba al-Samri wrote in a statement that the detainees were from the Jenin, Ramallah, and Nablus districts of the occupied West Bank and aged 17 to 24.

She detailed that after Israeli forces raided the apartment, one young man was found hiding inside a refrigerator, another inside kitchen cabinet, a third under the kitchen sink, two inside a cupboard, one in a hole under the ceiling, two were found behind the main door after it was wide open, and two were sitting on a sofa.

In addition, she said that a 33-year-old man from the town of Deir al-Asad near to Karmel, presumably a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was detained after police officers "suspected his presence in a private car in the area, and it was revealed later that he was the owner of the apartment."

An Israeli magistrate's court in Akka is expected to extend his remand later on Monday for further investigations, al-Samri said, but did not elaborate on the legal proceedings regarding the nine undocumented Palestinians.

Under Israel’s permit regime, Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israeli-issued permit, and many risk being shot and injured while trying to cross into Israel to work.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.
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