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Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli forces detain 18 Palestinians from West Bank
Above is a file photo for an Israeli military raid in al-Bireh city.

RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 27, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday overnight detained 18 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up three Palestinians after storming the houses of their families in Kafr Ni'ma town, northwest of Ramallah city.

The soldiers also rounded up another after ransacking his house in the Umm al-Sharayet neighborhood of al-Bireh city.

Meanwhile, Israeli police rounded up five Palestinians in multiple raids in several neighborhoods of the occupied city of Jerusalem, including Jabal al-Mukabbir and al-Tur.

Israeli military vehicles also stormed Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, where soldiers detained another.

In Nablus district, the sources confirmed a similar Israeli military raid in Askar refugee camp, east of the city, resulting in the detention of another.

During the ensuing confrontations, the soldiers opened fire towards local youths protesting the raid, hitting one with a live round. He was evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

In Hebron district, Israeli forces barged their way into Sa‘ir town, east of the city, where they kicked into the doors of several houses and detained seven others, including a lawyer.

While in the town, the soldiers fired tear gas and concussion bombs towards the civilian houses, setting their farmlands ablaze.

In Jenin district, the sources confirmed a raid in Yabad town, southwest of the city, where the soldiers searched several houses and interrogated their inhabitants. No detentions were made though.

Soldiers also forced their way into al-Yamun and Araqah towns, west of the city, where they broke into a number of houses and seized the recordings of surveillance cameras.

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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