Israel detains 7 Palestinians in W. Bank raids

By Anees Barghouthy

RAMALLAH (AA) – The Israeli army detained seven Palestinians in the West Bank provinces of Hebron and Bethlehem in overnight raids, a Palestinian NGO said Tuesday.

"Israeli forces rounded up six Palestinians from several parts of Hebron after raiding their homes at dawn," the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.

"They also detained a Palestinian man from his home in the city of Bethlehem," it added.

Israeli forces routinely conduct mass arrests of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on claims that they are "wanted" by the Israeli authorities.

Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

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