HEBRON – Israeli forces detained at least eight Palestinians and searched several homes, allegedly finding weapons, during predawn raids Sunday in the occupied West Bank.
An Israeli army spokesperson told that eight Palestinians were detained overnight in the West Bank. The spokesperson did not provide the details of the locations where the Palestinians were detained from.
Meanwhile, official Palestinian Authority-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided a number of towns and neighborhoods in the southern West Bank Hebron district, where they allegedly found weapons.
According to Wafa, Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Awwa and inspected a house, where they claimed they found a weapon.
Forces also raided and inspected a homes in the towns of Beit Ummar, al-Dhahiriya and al-Samu. Soldiers reportedly used police dogs during the raids.
The Israeli army said they would look into the raids in Hebron.
According to United Nations documentation, Israeli forces conducted 166 search and arrest operations across the West Bank between October 24 and November 26.
Meanwhile, prisoners’ rights group Addameer recorded 6,198 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of October. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.