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Home Prisoners 22/July/2020 12:27 PM

Israeli troops detain 14 Palestinians in West Bank raids


HEBRON, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least 14 Palestinians in multiple West Bank raids, local and security sources said.

The sources confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up eight Palestinians after ransacking their houses in multiple raids across Hebron district.

One of the eight detainees was identified as a resident of Yatta town, four others, including a 55-year-old man, were identified as residents of al-Arroub refugee camp, two others as residents of As-Samou‘ town besides to another identified as a resident of Beit Awwa town.

In Ramallah and al-Bireh district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Umm al-Sharayet neighborhood in al-Bireh city, where soldiers rounded up a Palestinian.

Soldiers conducted a similar raid in al-Amari refugee camps, resulting in the detention of another.

Confrontations erupted local youngsters and gun-toting soldiers. No injuries were reported though.

Meanwhile, a resident of al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, was detained after he appeared before the Israeli intelligence.

In Tubas district, Director of the Palestine Prisoner’s Society Office in Tubas Kamal Bani-Odeh confirmed that three Palestinians were rounded up from Tayaseer village, east of the city.

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.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians -- including numerous women and children -- are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.

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.


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