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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians, including 7 minors, during West Bank raids

Aug. 7, 2017 2:18 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 6:46 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier prevents a Palestinian child from entering a street in the Old City of Hebron on July 14, 2017. (Christian Peacemaker Teams, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians, seven of them minors, during raids in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, between Sunday and Monday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

In the northern and central West Bank, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained at the Zaatara checkpoint in the Nablus district, while two others were detained in the Salfit-area village of Kifl Haris, and another was detained in Deir Qaddis in the Ramallah district.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) identified two Palestinians detained overnight as Nour Abd al-Aziz Mahmoud al-Asaad and Muhammad Abdullah Shaqur, without specifying where they were detained.

In the Bethlehem district, the army said four Palestinians were detained in the village of Tuqu.

PPS said the four were minors, identifying them as Muayyad Abdullah al-Umour, Muhiyi Ahmad al-Umour, Muamin Ibrahim al-Umour, and Marwan Kamal al-Umour.

PPS added that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in Aida refugee camp, located adjacent to Bethlehem city, identifying them as Abd al-Hamid Hammam Abu Srour, Amr Ahmad Abu Srour, and Muhammad Rami Uweis.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that three minors were detained by Israeli border police over suspicions that they had thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces.

A video of the detention showed two small boys throwing stones with no visibly apparent target, before a border police vehicle arrives and officers run after the children, dragging them back to the vehicle.

Al-Samri added that the children’s fathers were summoned, and the young boys were then transferred to Palestinian security forces, who released them after their families paid a bail of 500 Jordanian dinar ($705) each -- a significant sum, given that the minimum wage in Palestine is set at 1,450 shekels ($400).

In the Hebron district, the army said one Palestinian, identified by PPS as Baraa Moussa al-Kawazba, was detained in the village of Sair.

In East Jerusalem, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the Ein al-Luza and Bir Ayoub areas in the neighborhood of Silwan after a vehicle used by Israeli security guards was hit and burned by a Molotov cocktail.

Israeli forces fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets "haphazardly" in the area and closed the main roads, the center said, without mentioning any detentions.

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.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated that 6,128 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of July, including 320 minors.

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