RAMALLAH, Wednesday, May 05, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least 12 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources.
They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians after storming and searching the houses of their families in Hizma town, northeast of Jerusalem.
Among the five detainees were four teens, aged 16 to 18.
Meanwhile, Israeli police detained at least a Palestinian and brutally assaulted others in violent confrontations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Tuesday evening.
The confrontations erupted when police officers cracked down on Palestinians and peace activists, causing a number to suffocate from tear gas and inflicting cuts in the head of a girl after assaulting her.
Rallies have recently been intensified in solidarity with dozens of Palestinians who are at the imminent risk of forcible eviction and dispossession from their homes in the neighborhood to replace them with an entirely Jewish settlers.
In Hebron district, the sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in Dura city, southwest of Hebron, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians.
Israeli troops also forced their way into Idhna town and Hadab al-Fawwar village, west and southwest of Hebron, where they detained two others.
They also re-arrested a former prisoner after ransacking his house in As-Samu‘ town, south of the city.
In Nablus district, Israeli troops ransacked several other houses and detained a woman from Aqraba town, as stated by the town mayor Ghaleb Mayadima.
The town has been a strict siege for three consecutive days as part of an active pursuit of a number of villagers who purportedly provided assistance to the perpetrator of a drive-by shooting that left three settlers injured at the northern West Bank junction of Zaatara, also known to settlers as Tapuah, on Sunday.
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.