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Israel arrests 16 Palestinians in West Bank

ISRAEL ARRESTS 16 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK

Israeli forces have detained 16 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military.

The individuals were arrested for "suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities," the army said in a Monday statement without giving further details.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 6,400 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli prisons, including dozens of women and 300 minors.

Some 450 of these are under what Israel calls "administrative detention" where they face no trial or charge. Twelve members of the Palestinian Legislative Council also remain in Israeli custody.

The Israeli army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank under the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.

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