Israel arrests 20 Palestinians in early-morning raids on Sunday as clashes continue

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Dec 2017

Israeli forces made the arrests as protests continue following US President Donald Trump's announcement earlier this month that the US embassy would be moving to Jerusalem

File Photo: Israeli Occupation Forces arrest and blindfold a Palestinian young man (AFP)

Israeli occupation forces detained 20 Palestinians in early-morning raids on Sunday, as clashes continue following the United States' recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to local sources, 10 people were detained in East Jerusalem and another ten in the West Bank. 

Among those arrested were nine Palestinians from Issawiya in East Jerusalem and a young man from town of Biddu, north-west of Jerusalem.

Israeli forces also raided several houses in the northern West Bank city of Nablus and detained two Palestinians from their homes in Sufian Street and Al-Ain refugee camp.

Meanwhile, in Jenin, two men from the village of Jaba were detained at a military checkpoint, with another two arrested at their homes during a raid in Al-Manshiyeh village in Bethlehem.

A man who had recently been released from custody was rearrested in al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron.

Sunday's detentions bring to more than 600 the number of Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces since protests started in response to US President Trump's announcement in early December that the US embassy would be moved to Jerusalem.

Israeli forces have killed at least 11 and injured 3000 Palestinians during ensuing clashes.

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