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Israel detains 26 in West Bank arrests

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Israeli forces detained 26 Palestinians throughout the West Bank overnight Wednesday amid an ongoing crackdown by Israeli authorities in the occupied Palestinian territory.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an all 26 were detained for “illegal activity.”

Of those detained, eight were from areas surrounding Nablus, four detained near Ramallah, five around Bethlehem, and nine from areas near Hebron.

October has seen record numbers of detentions since June 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as Israeli authorities respond to increasing attacks and tensions in the area through methods critics argue is collective punishment.

Since the beginning of the month, 32 Palestinians have been shot dead, 17 of whom were killed during clashes, with more than a thousand injured. Meanwhile, Palestinians have been responsible for the deaths of seven Israelis killed during the same time period, with dozens more injured in various attacks.

An Israeli police statement released Thursday reported that more than 200 Palestinians have been detained during the last two weeks on charges including stone throwing, throwing Molotov cocktails, and carrying a knife.

The Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs meanwhile said Saturday that Israeli forces have detained up to 650 Palestinians since the beginning of October, most of them younger than 20 years old.

The committee said in a statement that most of the Palestinians were detained during clashes with Israeli soldiers, or subsequently in overnight raids on the pretext of resisting Israeli soldiers.

According to the statement, many Palestinians had reported being held for hours at interrogation centers, undergoing humiliation and maltreatment. Some prisoners said that they were violently beaten during their detention. MAANNEWS


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