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Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians, seize thousands of shekels in West Bank

Oct. 4, 2017 1:09 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2017 7:07 P.M.)
(Source: Israeli army spokespersons office)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out multiple search and detention raids before dawn Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, confiscating tens of thousands of shekels and detaining at least six Palestinians.

Locals and Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided a number of areas of the southernmost Hebron district.

In the town of Yatta south of Hebron city Israeli forces detained brothers Khalid and Fadel Muhammad Rumi. Muhammad Moussa Abu Allan and Anas Awaissa were detained from al-Dhahiriya village in the southwestern part of the district.

Muhammad Ayyad Awad, a local activist in Beit Ummar north of Hebron city, said that several Palestinian suffered from severe tear-gas inhalation during clashes that erupted in town following a military raid there.

Awad said that Israeli soldiers confiscated tens thousand shekels from the home of Beit Ummar resident Ibrahim Abed al-Hamid Abu Maria and 1,540 shekels (approximately $400)from Maher Ibrahim Sabarneh’s house.

Both Abu Maria and Sabarneh were delivered summonses to meet with the Israeli Civil Administration for interrogations.

Israeli forces also confiscated surveillance camera from the house of Beit Ummar resident Ali Ayyad Awad.

Israeli soldiers raided houses of Mirshed Muhammad Awad, Rashid Ahmad Awad, Issa Ali Sleibi, Muhammad Issa Abed al-Hamid al-Zaaqiq, and the house of the family of slain Palestinian Omar Arafat Issa Zaaqiq, 19, who was killed by Israeli forces in 2015 after he injured six Israeli soldiers in a car-ramming attack.

Residents were held inside rooms while Israeli soldiers searched their houses.

Israeli soldiers also raided a house belonging to Hisham Hmeidan al-Sharabati and delivered him a summons to meet with the Israeli intelligence.

Several Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli patrols in Beit Ummar, though no injuries or damages were reported.

The Israeli army said in a statement that four weapons were found during raids in Beit Ummar, as well as in the town of Qabatiya in the northernmost West Bank district of Jenin.

The statement added that Israeli police and army forces seized thousands of shekels from the two towns.

In Jerusalem area, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, one from the Issawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem and one from the town of Hizma in the West Bank, Wafa news agency reported.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, Israeli police detained a Palestinian minor from the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, Wafa added.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a total of six Palestinian were detained overnight, and did not give details on the locations of these raids.

Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 123 search and arrest operations across the West Bank and arrested 152 Palestinians, including 20 children, between September 12 and 25.
(Source: Israeli army spokespersons office)

(Source: Israeli army spokespersons office)

(Source: Israeli army spokespersons office)
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