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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians from West Bank

HEBRON, Monday, March 15, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday overnight detained 18 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians, including a former prisoner, after ransacking their houses in Yatta town, south of Hebron city.

Soldiers also rounded up two others – a 17-year-old former prisoner and a university student- after storming their families’ houses in Beit Ummar town, north of the city.

In Jerusalem, undercover Israeli forces, known as Mista'arvim, sneaked their way into Shufat refugee camp, where they chased, assaulted and eventually detained three Palestinians, including a teen.

Israeli police detained another from Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan neighborhood.

In Ramallah and al-Bireh district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, where soldiers rounded up a Palestinian.

Soldiers also conducted a raid in Birzeit town, north of the city, resulting in the detention of another.

In the northern west Bank, the sources said that Israeli forces barged their way into Tulkarm city, where they detained two others.

They conducted two similar raids in Anabta and Deir al-Ghussoun towns, east and north of the city, resulting in the detention of two others.

In Jenin district, a former prisoner was detained as he attempted to cross the Mevo Dothan checkpoint near Ya‘bad, southwest of the city. He was identified as a resident of Qabatiya town.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.

K.F.

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