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Israeli forces detain 5 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids

March 1, 2018 11:24 A.M. (Updated: March 2, 2018 2:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least five Palestinians from the occupied West Bank during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to locals

In the northwestern West Bank district of Tulkarem, Israeli forces detained on Palestinian identified by locals as former prisoner Sameh Bilal Ajaj from the Saida town.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian identified as Fakhri Khalifeh from the town of Kafr Nimeh.

Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem. They were identified as Muhammad Raouf Abu Yabes, 18, from the Husan village, and wounded Palestinian Omar Ali al-Lahham from the al-Duheisha refugee camp.

In the Halhul town of northern Hebron, a disabled youth identified as Abd al-Qader Abu Usba was detained by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed five detentions to Ma’an.

Israeli search and detention raids are a nightly occurrence in Palestinian cities, towns, and refugee camps across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

According to UN documentation, Israeli forces have carried out a bi weekly average of 185 raids in 2018, compared to an average of 120 in 2017.

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