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Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians, female university student, in raids

March 6, 2018 3:04 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2018 5:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians, including a female university student, during overnight raids Tuesday in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to official and local Palestinian sources.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained three Palestinians, including a female university student, during raids in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

Locals identified two of the detainees to Ma’an as Fatima Fadi Jarrar, and Ibrahim Kamel al-Shalabi.

Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided a home belonging to the Jarrar family in the Silat al-Harithiya west of Jenin city.

According to Wafa, troops held the entire family for over two hours, while female soldiers strip-searched Fatima Jarrar before detaining her.

In the Nablus district, Israeli forces detained four Palestinians, identified by locals as Islam Abu Kushk, Amir al-Sukarji, Amer al-Sukarji and Ahmad al-Jamal from Nablus City. According to PPS, a fifth Palestinian was detained, though their identity remained unknown.

Two Palestinian youth, whose identities remained unknown, were detained from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained four Palestinians identified as Muhammad al-Khatib, Muhammad Ubayyat , Ahed al-Khatib and Akram Muhammad Moussa. PPS reported that a fifth Palestinian was detained, though their identity remained unknown.

In the Dura town in southern Hebron, Israeli forces detained Mutasem Ramadan Awawdeh and Mahmoud Ramadan Awawdeh.

PPS said Israeli forces detained two other Palestinians from Hebron city.

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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