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Israeli forces detain 23 Palestinians, 2 journalists, in West Bank raids

Oct. 2, 2017 1:54 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 2, 2017 9:07 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian photojournalist Nasser Shiyuki in 2010. (AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- At least 23 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces during overnight raids in the occupied West Bank between Sunday and Monday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that 23 Palestinians were detained during raids, without providing and details as to which villages and towns the Palestinians were detained from.

Meanwhile, official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces detained 19 Palestinians, including two journalists and a minor, citing the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Wafa reported that Palestinian journalist Alaa al-Titi was detained in from his home in the al-Arroub refugee camp, located in the Hebron district in the southern occupied West Bank. Local sources confirmed al-Titi’s detention to Ma’an.

Locals also told Ma’an that a “youth” identified as osama Adnan al-Rajabi was detained from the Hebron district.

Another journalist, identified by Wafa as Amir Abu Arram, was detained from the central West Bank district, along with three other Palestinians, including a 15-year-old. Locals confirmed Abu Arram’s detention to Ma’an, saying that he was detained from his home in the Ramallah-area town of Bir Zeit.

Additionally, Wafa cited PPS as saying that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians from the Bethlehem district, four from the Nablus area, two from Jenin refugee camp and one from the Jericho area.

Locals in the Nablus district told Ma’an that Ayman Darwish, Malik Asayra, Arqam Moatasem Hanini, and Muhammad Khaled Amer were detained from the area.

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 focusing on prisoners' rights.

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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