RAMALLAH, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained 11 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
PPS confirmed in a press statement that Israeli forces rounded up two Palestinians after ransacking their families’ houses in al-Mazra‘a al-Gharbiya village, northwest of Ramallah city.
Soldiers detained two others after storming and searching their houses in Silwad town, east of the city.
In the northern West Bank, PPS confirmed an Israeli military raid in Qiffin town, north of Tulkarem, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians, including a former prisoner who spent over 12 years in Israeli imprisonment.
In Jenin district, another Palestinian was rounded up in a similar raid in Faqqu‘a village, east of Jenin city.
In Jerusalem district, Israeli police rounded up three others from Issawiya neighborhood.
In Bethlehem, Israeli military vehicles stormed Ad-Doha town, west of Bethlehem city, where soldiers rounded up another.
Meanwhile, the PPS together with the Prisoners Affairs Commission, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center and the Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association (Addameer) issued a joint factsheet revealing that Israel rounded up a total of 429 Palestinians, including 32 children and 10 women, in last July.
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.