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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians, including women and children, during West Bank raids

July 2, 2018 1:07 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2018 4:59 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least 18 Palestinians, including women and children, during predawn raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, on Monday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israeli forces allegedly found weapons during raids in the village of Abu Dis, in the central West Bank district of Jerusalem.

Sources added that the detainees were immediately transferred for further investigation.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, one woman and four children were detained and identified as Dina Said, the wife of a killed Palestinian Nashat al-Karmi, Muhammad Abed al-Ghani Qufeisha, 10, Mustafa Tareq Qafisha, 11, Yousef Abed Rajabi, 12, and Marwan Mufid al-Sharbati, 12, who was detained after Israeli forces raided his home in the al-Shuhada street in the center of Hebron city.

In the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained six Palestinians. They were identified as Islam Ibrahim Anata, Abu Azhar Ibrahim Anata, and from the neighborhood of Silwan in the district, Tamer al-Zaghel, Muslem Owda, Louay Rajabi, Diaa Baydoun, Amer Zeidani, and Muhammad Zeidani.

In the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, another four Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces and identified as teen Layla Maher Awainat, Ashraf Maher Awainat, Motasem Mahmmud Shawer, and Muhammad Abu Samra.

Israeli forces also detained a former prisoner, Baker al-Tawil, while passing near a checkpoint west of the northern Nablus district.

Israeli raids in Palestinian cities, towns and refugee camps are a daily occurence.

According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, as of April, there are 5900 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons, 60 of them are female prisoners, and 291 child prisoners.

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