Israel detains 31 Palestinians in overnight raids
Israel detains 31 Palestinians in overnight raids

Israeli forces have detained 31 Palestinians in overnight raids the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Palestinian source has said.

"Israeli army forces detained four Palestinians after raiding their homes near Jenin," the source told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Four more Palestinians were arrested in overnight raids in two villages in Nablus, the source said.

Israeli forces also detained four Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to the source.

Three more Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces near Ramallah city, according to Palestinian media.

Meanwhile, 16 Palestinians were arrested in East Jerusalem following clashes with Israeli forces late Wednesday, Israeli police said.

"Yesterday, 16 suspects were arrested for rioting," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld wrote on Twitter.

He said that the arrests bring to 188 the number of Palestinian suspects detained in the past two weeks.

Tension has been running high in East Jerusalem since Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday after an extremist rabbi was injured in a west Jerusalem shooting.

Israeli authorities reopened the Al-Aqsa on Friday following a day of violent clashes with Palestinian protesters, but barred male Muslim worshippers under 50 years old from entering the site.

The closure of Al-Aqsa, as well as last week's killing of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, fueled protests by angry Palestinians the occupied West Bank.

Currently, over 7,000 Palestinians continue to languish in prisons throughout Israel, according to the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

Last Modified: 2014-11-06 09:33:26
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