Over 25 Palestinians detained as West Bank raids continue

Published January 18th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT

Israeli forces overnight Sunday detained 27 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank during night raids, locals sources told Ma'an.

The bulk of the detentions took place in Silwad, a small village northeast of Ramallah in the central West Bank, where Israeli forces detained 13 Palestinians during night raids, locals said.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the 13 detentions, but could only provide details on two of the detainees who were taken in for being alleged "Hamas operatives."

Another two Palestinians were detained the the Ramallah district in the villages of Kharbatha al-Musbah and Beit Surik.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, another six Palestinians were detained.

In addition, Israeli forces detained one man from Marah Rabah village in Bethlehem, two more in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, two in Qalqilya and another in Nablus.

Locals sources added that the detainees were transferred to Israeli intelligence for investigation.

Israeli forces regularly carry out detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory, with the UN documenting at least 347 such raids in the last two weeks of December 2015 alone.


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