Israeli forces abducted at least 12 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, overnight on Wednesday, according to local reports.Two of the Palestinians were taken in the Jordan Valley, two close to Ramallah, two near Bethlehem, and one insouthwest Jenin,an Israeli military spokesperson said.
Israeli forces also detained two men from villages near Hebron. The two men have been identified asIsmail Youssef Tmeizi, 35, from Ithna and Mushir Abd al-Qader al-Shahatit, 29, from the Kharsa village in Dura.
The men were detained after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes, locals said.
Additionally,Israeli forces stormed several neighborhoods and detained three young Palestinians in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar north of Hebron, a local spokesman told Ma’an News Agency.
Muhammad Ayyad Awad from the town’s popular committee identified the teens as 19-year-old Ammar Sadim Sleibi, 17-year-old Muataz Muhammad Abu Mariya, and 18-year-old Muhammad Shihdah Sleibi.
According to Awad, Israeli troops used police dogs during the detention raids. He added that the soldiers assaulted the detainees and “damaged doors and furniture in their homes.”
The abductions come just one day after Israeli forces took into their custody three teenagers from Beit Ummar. A total of 17 Palestinians have been arrested in the town since the beginning of August.
Three other Palestinians were taken close the city of Nablus, overnight Tuesday.
Israeli forces regularly detain Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, often on the pretext of alleged ‘security threats’.
Palestinian watchdog Addameer estimates that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been detained at some point in their lives.
Israeli soldiers also raided the al-Basha Bakery area of the Ad-Doha, west of the city, sparking clashes with locals, WAFA additionally reports.
Forces fired tear gas canisters, stun grenades and live bullets, injuring two Palestinian locals in their thighs. The two injured locals were admitted into a Beit Jala hospital for immediate medical treatment.
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