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Israeli forces detain 19 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

July 31, 2017 5:34 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2017 5:39 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 19 Palestinians during overnight raids across the occupied West Bank between Sunday and Monday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Israeli police also detained at least 33 Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem overnight, as Israeli forces continued to crack down on locals in the wake of large-scale protests over Israeli measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

In the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that Israeli forces detained Nahed Ahmad Qabaha in the Jenin district, as well as Muntaser Said al-Ashhab, 24, and Muhammad Said al-Ashhab, 21, in the Qalqiliya district.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three detentions to Ma’an, saying that one Palestinian was detained in the Jenin-area village of Yaabad, while two others were detained in Qalqiliya city.

In the central West Bank, the army reported one detention in the Ramallah-area village of Shabtin, one in Abu Dis, and two in the town of Qalandiya in the Jerusalem district.

PPS identified the two detained in Qalandiya as Abdullah Muhammad Hassan Ziyada and Muhammad Jamil Imteir.

In the Bethlehem district, locals reported that clashes erupted in al-Duheisha refugee camp during a raid in which Israeli forces detained Anas al-Seifi, 20 and Yahya al-Khmour, 19.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated bullets at young men from the camp. No injuries were reported.

In the nearby village of Doha, locals said that Israeli forces detained Islam Mahmoud Quneis, 20, after ransacking his home in the town.

PPS confirmed the three detentions, adding that Israeli forces also detained Omar Moussa Quwwar elsewhere in the Bethlehem district.

The army spokesperson only confirmed the two al-Duheisha detentions in the Bethlehem district.

In the Hebron district, PPS said Bashar Jamil Masharqa, 21, and Ali Muhammad Abu Iram, 42.

Meanwhile, locals in Hebron told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained Adel Muhammad Ali al-Jaabari.

The army spokesperson listed three detentions in the village of Beit Ula, one in Sair, one in Surif, and two in the city of Hebron.

Meanwhile, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri reported that one Palestinian was detained in the Hebron-area village of Bani Naim after border police raided their home and seized weapons and “antique coins.”

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a biweekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course of 2016, according to UN documentation.

According to a report released earlier this month, a total of 388 Palestinians, including 70 minors and 13 women, were detained across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of June.
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