HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained at least three Palestinians before dawn Sunday in military raids across the occupied West Bank.
Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad said that Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron and detained 25-year-old Alaa Issa Safi al-Salibi and 24-year-old Muhammad Ali Ayyad Awad.
Israeli forces also searched the homes of Omar Izriq Abu Ayyash, Hussien Mustafa Abu Maria, Nasser Abed al-Hamis Abu Maria, Ali Ayyad Awad, and Issa Safi al-Salibi during the raid, according to Awad.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that two Palestinians were detained in Beit Ummar, and told Ma'an that one Palestinian, an alleged "Hamas operative," was also detained overnight in the town of Beituniya in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The United Nations recorded an average of 95 weekly raids in the occupied West Bank in 2016, and an average of 70 raids a week so far 2017.
According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of April, including 300 minors, 61 women, and 500 under administrative detention -- Israel's contested policy of imprisonment without charge or trial.
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