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Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians from West Bank
Israeli forces are seen detaining a blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian in a West Bank raid

RAMALLAH, Monday, June 21, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday overnight detained 15 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up three Palestinians after breaking into their houses in Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah city.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces detained a 56-year-old man and his 51-year-old wife after ransacking their house in Shweika neighborhood, north of Tulkarm city.

The detainees were identified as the parents of one of two Palestinian who were gunned down by Israeli soldiers allegedly for attempting to carry out a “combined shooting/stabbing attack” near Salem military camp, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, on May 7.

In Jenin district, Director of the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Office, Muntaser Samour, confirmed an Israeli military raid in Zababdeh town, southeast of Jenin city, resulting in re-arresting two former prisoners.

One of the former prisoners was identified as Fatah Secretary-General in the town and the other as the deputy mayor.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians from Kafr Qaddum town, east of Qalqiliya city, were rounded up after being stopped at a flying checkpoint at the entrance of Beitillu town, northwest of Ramallah.

In the southern West Bank, Israeli forces barged their way into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and detained a Palestinian.

In Hebron district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Beit Ummar town, north of the city, where the soldiers detained five others; a 17-year-old teen and four former prisoners.

While in the town, the soldiers leading attack dogs ransacked a number of houses, turning them upside down and terrorizing the occupants.

During ensuing confrontations, the soldiers fired tear gas and stun canisters towards local teens who protested the raid and attempted to block their passage, causing a number to suffocate.

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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