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Israelis detain eight Palestinians in occupied West Bank

February 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Israeli forces have detained eight Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including three minors and a mother with her 20-year-old son. The arrests took place in Bethlehem and Hebron.

Witnesses in Hebron said that soldiers looted the home of Mohammad al-Najjar, a former prisoner, and assaulted him severely in front of his family before shackling and detaining him. Al-Najjar is a member of Islamic Jihad.

During the sweep, Israeli forces partially demolished the home of Wahid Abu Maria, 45, before arresting him. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli bulldozers demolished part of the property with the residents still inside before soldiers fired tear gas.

On Monday night, Israeli forces detained three Palestinian teenagers: Odai Barqan 13, Abed Ghaith 13 and Mohammad al-Razem, 14, were accused of painting on an illegal Jewish settler’s car. Palestinian officials said that Barqan and Ghaith were later released but al-Razem remains in detention.