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Israel detains 20 Palestinian citizens

ANI  |  Jerusalem [Israel] 

on Wednesday detained at least 20 Palestinians in multiple pre-dawn raids across the West and East

According to (PPS), who was quoted by news agency, Israeli forces detained seven Palestinians during separate raids in Yaabad and Qabatiya towns, located south of the northern West city of

Six more Palestinians were arrested at the West districts of and al-Bireh. One of the detainees was identified as a former prisoner from the village in north-west

Two others were rounded up from the Salem village, located to the east of in northern was detained from town in the north of Hebron.

In East Jerusalem, forces also detained a Palestinian during a raid in Anata. Three more were held during an overnight raid in Jabal al-Mukabbir.

As per of PPS, around 740 Palestinians, including 190 children and 15 women, have been detained by Israeli forces ever since US recognised as Israel's capital on December 6 last year.

Protests in the West Bank, East and erupted after Trump announced the relocation of its embassy from to Jerusalem.

Since then, Israeli forces have killed 12 Palestinians. At least 2,900 others have been injured and more than 400 arrested.

On December 24 last year, also sealed off the entrance to the cities of and al-Bireh until further notice.

Palestinian has also rejected US peace efforts and called on the (EU) to take the lead in the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Jerusalem is considered a sacred place, which is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites. However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both and Palestine, which sees it as the capital of its future state.

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First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 20:30 IST