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Two injured teens among 17 Palestinians detained from West Bank

RAMALLAH, Monday, June 07, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday overnight detained 17 Palestinians, including two injured teens, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that Israeli forces re-arrested two former prisoners; one from al-Tireh neighborhood of Ramallah and the other from Birzeit town, north of the city.

They rounded up two other Palestinians after ransacking their houses in Jalazone refugee camp, northeast of Ramallah.

Meanwhile, Israeli police detained five others from the al-Qarmi neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem.

They rounded up two others, including a former prisoner, in separate raids in the Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Thuri and Shufat refugee camp.

In Bethlehem district, the sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in al-Khader town, south of the city, resulting in the detention of two teens.

The teens, aged 16 and 17, sustained wounds from Israeli military gunfire several months ago. One of them was wounded in the foot and the other in the abdomen.

The soldiers also barged their way into the neighboring town of Beit Fajjar, where they stormed and thoroughly searched several houses.

Similar raids were reported in Harmala, Jannatah and Hindaza villages, east and southeast of the city. No detentions were reported there though.

In the meantime, Israeli troops detained three Palestinians, including an academic assistant who works at Al-Quds Open University and his son.

Israeli military vehicles also stormed al-Arroub refugee camp, north of the city, where soldiers detained another.

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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