Bethlehem (Antara/WAFA-OANA) - Israeli forces Wednesday carried out multiple overnight raids across the West Bank and detained 11 Palestinians, said Palestine Prisoner`s Society (PPS).

Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, including four teens, aged between 14 and 17, after storming their families` houses in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem.

Forces conducted an overnight raid into Tuqu town, detaining five Palestinians, including four teens, two aged 15 and two others aged 16.

Meanwhile, the PPS said in a statement that another 17-year-old Palestinian teen was rounded up from Qaffin town, northeast of Tulkarem.

Israeli military vehicles also stormed Beit Ummar and Surif towns, north and west of Hebron, where soldiers ransacked several houses and seized cash. No detentions were reported though.

Israeli forces frequently conduct large-scale overnight detention raids almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

Clashes often erupt between Palestinian youth who attempt to block soldiers` passage, throwing stones and empty bottles and are met with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.

Israeli forces transferred a Palestinian man to a hospital after severely beating him in his house in Abu Shkheidim village, northwest of Ramallah, said an attorney on Wednesday.

Mamon al-Hashem, an attorney representing Palestine Prisoner`s Society, said that Ziyad Mohammad Shalalda, a 45-year-old resident of Abu Shkheidim village, was rushed to Shaare Zedek hospital after being severely beaten and detained by Israeli forces.

According to al-Hashem, Shalalda has been held at the hospital and denied access to a lawyer since his detention.

Al-Hashem could not ascertain any details about Shalalda`s health condition, but pledged that PPS would take necessary legal proceedings to learn about it.

Shalalda was detained along with his son, Mahmoud (21), during an Israeli military raid into Abu Shkheidim during which soldiers detained Assem Barghouthi, suspected of carrying out an attack, killing two Israeli soldiers on December 13.

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