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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians in overnight raids

Sept. 18, 2017 12:39 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2017 10:13 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained 18 Palestinians during overnight raids between Sunday and Monday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency.

Wafa cited a statement from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) saying that seven “youths” were detained from the Jerusalem area, five from the central West Bank Ramallah-area village of Kobar, and six from the northern West Bank Tulkarem district.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a total of 16 Palestinians were detained overnight, and did not offer details on the locations where the detentions were carried out.

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 out thus far in 2017, according to UN documentation.

Israeli forces detained 522 Palestinians, including 130 minors and 16 women, over the course of the month of August, according to a joint report released Palestinian institutions on Sunday.

The total number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons reached 6,300 prisoners, the report said, 64 of them women. Among them are 10 girls under the age of 18 and 300 underage boys, 450 administrative detainees imprisoned without charge or trial, and 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Palestinian parliament.

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