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Israeli forces detain 13 Palestinians in predawn West Bank raids

Aug. 8, 2017 3:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2017 5:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out several predawn raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, detaining at least 13 Palestinians, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) released a statement saying that Israeli forces detained nine “young men,” including three brothers, from the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

The statement identified the detainees as Nour Muhammad Salameh, Ahmad Muhammad Salameh, Amir Muhammad Salameh, Qais al-Ghoul, Qusay al-Irsan, Alaa al-Fayid, Hammuda Freihat, Shadi Nasser Sawalhah, and Muhammad Naim Rabayaa.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed only seven detentions from the Jenin district, telling Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained from Jenin refugee camp, one was detained from the village of Meithalun, and another two from other Jenin-area villages.

The statement added that Israeli forces detained Mahmoud Ali Ahmad Saada, 41, from Huwwara in the Nablus district, and Ibrahim Muhammad Mahmoud Balashma, 22, from the Qalqiliya district.

The Israeli army spokesperson confirmed one detention from Huwarra, adding that another Palestinian was detained in Nablus city, while two Palestinians were detained from Qalqiliya.

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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