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Israel detains 20 Palestinians during overnight raids in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Sept. 7, 2017 4:42 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2017 12:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 20 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 14 Palestinians were detained in the West Bank. However, she did not have further details on the locations of the detentions.

Hebrew-language media reported that 13 of these Palestinians were detained for rock-throwing, and were transferred to detention centers to undergo interrogations with Israeli authorities.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, a Palestinian was detained in the village of Burqin in the northern Jenin district, sparking clashes in the village.

Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the Qalqiliya district during raids in several villages, according to Wafa.

In the central West Bank, Wafa reported that three Palestinians were detained in the Ramallah district.

Israeli sources said that an M-16 was confiscated during a raid in the town of Abu Dis in the Jerusalem district, while another gun was found in the Ramallah district.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces had detained a Palestinian identified as Rami Badr Halabiya in Abu Dis.

During the raid on Abu Dis, clashes had erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces. The Palestinian Red Crescent said that at least 10 Palestinians suffered from tear gas inhalation during the clashes, while another Palestinian suffered from burns.

All of the injured were treated on the scene, according to the Red Crescent.

Wafa reported that Israeli forces also detained five Palestinians, including a minor, in al-Eizariya in the Jerusalem district.

Meanwhile, in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police detained three Palestinian in the Old City and near the neighborhood of Silwan, according to Wafa. Five other Palestinians were also reportedly detained during raids in other areas of East Jerusalem.

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

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,279 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of August. 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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