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Israeli forces detain five Palestinians, injure two others in West Bank

Israeli forces detain five Palestinians, injure two others in West Bank
Two Palestinians were hit and wounded by Toto bullets shot by Israeli soldiers in Qalandiya

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday overnight detained five Palestinians and injured two others across the West Bank, according to local sources.

They said that Israeli forces re-arrested a former prisoner after breaking into his family house and ransacked several other houses in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, turning them topsy-turvy.

During ensuing confrontations, the soldiers opened fire toward local youths who attempted to block their passage, injuring two by 22 caliber bullets, known as Toto ammunition, in the back and the foot.

The casualties were rushed to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment, where their condition was described as moderate.

Still in Jerusalem district, Israeli police detained another, identified as the head of the Committee for the Preservation of Islamic Cemeteries in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, as reported by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

In Ramallah district, a sizable Israeli military force, comprising five vehicles and over 20 soldiers, raided Rantis village, northwest of the city, where they rounded up a father of three.

While in the village, the soldiers conducted a thorough search in the surroundings of the house and when the family took some time to open the door, the soldiers attempted to break it before ultimately detaining the man from a nearby house.

In the northern West Bank, the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) confirmed a similar raid in Tulkarm refugee camp and Tulkarm city, resulting in the detention of two others.

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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