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Israeli forces detain Palestinians, injure several in clashes during predawn raids

Oct. 31, 2017 10:33 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2017 3:21 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained at least 26 Palestinians during predawn raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS0 released a statement saying that 10 Palestinians were detained in the West Bank.

Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, according to PPS.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained six Palestinians. PPS said that three Palestinians were detained from the village of Silwad, one from the village of Kobar, one from the Deir Nitham village, and one from the Qalandiya refugee camp.

In the southern West Bank, forces raided the Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and detained one Palestinian.

Meanwhile, official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency reported that 16 Palestinians were detained in overnight raids.

Wafa reported that three Palestinians were detained from the Qalandiya refugee camp by undercover Israeli forces. Following the detentions, Israeli forces deployed at the camp’s entrance reportedly indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs, live ammunition, and rubber-coated steel bullets at local youth who went out to confront the soldiers.

Three Palestinians were injured, one with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head and the others with live rounds in their lower extremities, according to Wafa.

They were rushed to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Scores others suffered from sever teargas inhalation, Wafa reported.

Separately, in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police detained three Palestinians, including a woman, after storming their homes in the neighborhood of al-Tur.

Israeli police forces detained three other Palestinians during similar raids in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of al-Issawiya, Silwan and the Shufat refugee camp.

Israeli forces, according to Wafa, also detained a Palestinian after breaking into and searching his home during a raid into the Hizma town, in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

In the northern West Bank, Wafa reported that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians after storming their family homes during a raid that triggered clashes in the Jabaa town, southwest of Jenin.

In the nearby town of Arraba, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian after raiding and ransacking several homes.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were detained after being stopped by Israeli forces at a flying checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqiliya city.

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

According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 196 search and arrest operations across the West Bank, including nine children, between October 10 and October 23.

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