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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians across West Bank, East Jerusalem

Feb. 19, 2018 1:58 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 21, 2018 4:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried detained at least 17 Palestinians during overnight raids between Sunday and Monday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to local sources.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, identifying them as Mahmoud Badir, Suhaib Abu Hamed and Anas al-Aqraa.

In Nablus city, also in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians identified as Muhammad Abu Zuhra and Nasser al-Assi. In the Nablus-area village of Beita, Israeli forces also detained two Palestinians, identified as Alaa Sabri Farhat and Mustafa Khader.

In the central West bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained on Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Saadeh from the town of al-Ram.

Meanwhile in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, according to the Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

The center reported that Israeli forces detained two minors aged 14, another 17 years of age, a fourth 18 and the fifth 20. he five were identified as Musallam Odeh, Ahmad al-Zeidani, Muhammad Sarhan, Udayy Ghaith and Ahmad Ghaith.

Wadi Hilweh said the five were taken for interrogation at the Russian Compound police station in West Jerusalem, adding that Israeli police also detained a Palestinian from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained Ahmad Mahmoud Taqatqa and Iyad Nader Suleiman from the Beit Fajjar town, and Hamzeh al-Badan from the Tuqu town.

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

According to UN documentation, between January 16 and 29, Israeli forces carried out 160 search and arrest operations in the West Bank, while 2018 has seen a to a bi weekly average of 176 search and detention raids.

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