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Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians in predawn military raids

File photo of of Palestinian youth clashing protesting against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank
File photo of of Palestinian youth clashing protesting against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank

Israeli forces detained at least nine Palestinians in predawn military raids Sunday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Fajjar and detained Uday Muhammad Thawabta, Yousif Mahmoud Taqatqa, Iyad Mahmoud Moussa Taqatqa, and Rashad Samih Derayya.

An Israeli army statement said the four were detained over suspicions of throwing Molotov cocktails at the illegal Israeli settlement Migdal Oz, which is built on Palestinian lands near Beit Fajjar’s entrance.

The Israeli army published security camera footage purporting to show three youths getting out of a vehicle and throwing Molotov cocktails at the settlement on Friday.

Also in the south, Israeli forces detained 20-year-old Tamer Awwad Nawfal at a military checkpoint at the entrance to the Hebron-area town of Idhna.

In the central Ramallah district, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Silwad and detained 42-year-old Faraj Shqeirat.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, two additional Palestinians were also detained in Silwad.

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