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Israeli forces detain six Palestinians in West Bank raids

Oct. 31, 2018 1:45 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 31, 2018 4:21 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least six Palestinian people during search and detention raids across the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday dawn.

The Israeli army reported that its soldiers also found and confiscated a locally-made weapon.

One Palestinian was detained after Israeli forces raided and searched his home in the Zeta town in northern Tulkarem in district of the northern West Bank; locals identified the detainee as Laith Muhammad Ali Abu Hamdeh, 25.

Israeli forces carried out search raids in the Shweika area of the district for the second day in a row; dozens of homes, stores and buildings were raided and searched while soldiers fired tear-gas bombs and stun grenades.

In the Nablus district, also in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained one youth from the Burqa village in northwestern Nablus.

Israeli soldiers searched several homes in the Kafr Qalil village in eastern Nablus.

Locals in Burqa identified the detained youth as Saif Qassem Hamdan, 25, adding that Israeli forces held Hamdan’s brother for several hours as well before releasing him later.

In Kafr Qalil, Israeli forces raided and searched four homes, identified by locals as belonging to Yasser Amer, Thaer Walid Ahmad, Suleiman Mansour and Tamer Amer.

All detainees were transferred for interrogation.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,640 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons.

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