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Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians, injure seven others in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 3, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday overnight detained 11 Palestinians and injured seven others in various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces rounded up four Palestinians, including two brothers, from Salem village, east of Nablus city.

During the raid that lasted for several hours, the heavily-armed soldiers conducted a house-to-house sweep campaign, breaking into over 30 villager houses, smashing their doors and turning them upside down.

They also stormed several houses in Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the city, breaking their doors and wreaking havoc inside.

In Tubas district, Israeli soldiers shot and wounded four Palestinians in confrontations at the entrance of al-Far‘a refugee camp, south of the city.

One of the casualties sustained wounds from a live round in the foot, while the three others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets.

In Ramallah district, Israeli forces re-arrested a former prisoner after storming his house in Kharbatha Bani Harith town, west of the city.

In Bethlehem district, Israeli troops barged their way into Aida refugee camp, north of the city, where they rounded up three others.

During the ensuing confrontations, the soldiers opened fire towards local teenagers who protested the raid, wounding three with live ammunition. The casualties were rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment.

Meanwhile, the sources confirmed that three Palestinians were detained from the southern West Bank district of Hebron; one from Hebron city and the two others from Sa‘ir town, northeast of the city.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli police detained two Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Batn al-Hawa, where seven Palestinian families face the imminent risk of forced expulsions.

Police also rounded up five others after provoking them from the vicinity of Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, which has been a spot of simmering tensions in Jerusalem following the Israeli occupation authorities’ decision to ban people from sitting on the stairs outside it and attempts to forcibly expel dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.

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.


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