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Israeli police confiscates weapons, detains 2 Palestinians during East Jerusalem raids

Sept. 1, 2017 6:58 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2017 6:59 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police confiscated weapons and ammunition during search and detention raids carried out in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, when at least two Palestinians were also detained by Israeli forces.

According to an Israeli police statement, a loaded gun was found inside a sock on a rooftop of a Palestinian’s home that was raided in East Jerusalem. Two rifles and ammunition were also found in a bedroom of another home.

The statement did not specify in what neighborhoods the raids had taken place.

The statement added that two Palestinians were detained by Israeli police during the raids, and were transferred for interrogations with Israeli authorities.

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 85 search and detention raids carried thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,128 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of July, 320 of whom were children. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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