Israeli forces detain 7 Palestinians across the West Bank
Published Wednesday 25/12/2013 (updated) 26/12/2013 19:56
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians across the West Bank in overnight raids, an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an.
Five Palestinians were detained in the northern West Bank town of Yaabad, in addition to one in Jenin and one in Hebron, the spokeswoman said.
Palestinian sources confirmed the detentions in Yaabad, saying Israeli forces stormed the village early Wednesday between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Witnesses said Israeli troops arrested Rasim Mahmoud Hamdan Zeid, Mahmoud Awad Herzallah, Qasim Ibrahim Abbadi, and Adil Abu Shamlah.
Israeli forces erected flying checkpoints at the main entrances of the village, preventing residents from leaving, locals added.
They added that soldiers were heavily deployed in nearby agricultural fields to ensure no one exited the town.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained two brothers from Askar refugee camp east of Nablus, locals told Ma'an.
Soldiers and intelligence officers detained Muhammad Nabil Abu Zeid, 23, and his brother, 18-year-old Sufjan, witnesses said.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.