Middle East

Israel detains 14 Palestinians in W. Bank raids

Palestinian workers hang a banner bearing portraits of Palestinian Pope Francis (L), Authority president Mahmud Abbas (C), and Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in front of the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank Town of Bethlehem, on May 14, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX)

RAMALLAH: Israeli military forces detained 14 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to Israeli Army Radio, the Palestinians were arrested in different parts of the Israeli-occupied territory. It did not say, however, what charges the Palestinians were detained on.

Israeli forces routinely launch raids across the West Bank, claiming they are hunting for "wanted" Palestinians.

According to a recent report by the Prisoners Center for Studies and Research, a Palestinian NGO, roughly 5000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli jails.





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