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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinian family members during northern West Bank raid

Jan. 12, 2018 11:15 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2018 3:00 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained six Palestinians, including five members of the same family, during pre dawn raids on Friday in the northern occupied West Bank.

In the Alar town in northern Tulkarem, locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the home of Muayyad Taqatqa and detained his son Yazan, 17.

The family reported that soldiers stole 17,400 shekels ($5,105), 750 Jordanian Dinars ($1,057), and 600 USD from the house.

Israeli soldiers also raided houses of Moayyad Taqatqa’s brothers, and assaulted Nizar Taqatqa, 25, causing a fracture in his arm, destroyed his vehicle’s window and stole car parts from his house.

Israeli forces detained Iyad Taqatqa, 40, his son Muhammad, 20, Nihad Taqatqa, 50, and Maarouf Taqatqa, 36.

Meanwhile, in the city of Nablus, Israeli forces detained former prisoner Muath Rihan. Locals noted that Rihan’s two brothers, Muhammad and Assem, were previously killed by Israeli forces.

Israeli raids into Palestinian towns and villages are near daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to UN documentation, between December 19th and January 1st, Israeli forces carried out 170 search and arrest operations in the West Bank.

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