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School principal among 13 Palestinians detained in West Bank raids

School principal among 13 Palestinians detained in West Bank raids

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today detained at least 13 Palestinians, including a school principal, and injured another across the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli police detained the principal of a secondary school after storming the school campus in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, under the flimsy pretext of meeting personnel from the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

While in the school campus, the police officers seized several computers and files as they ransacked the school buildings.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces rounded up two Palestinians after breaking into and ransacking the houses of their families in Beit Rima and Kobar towns, northwest and west of Ramallah city respectively.

Israeli soldiers also opened fire at a Palestinian at a military checkpoint at the entrance of Ni'lin town, west of the city. The casualty was identified as a resident of the town.

In the northern West Bank, Director of the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Office in Jenin, Muntaser Samour, said that Israeli forces barged their way into Fandaqumiya village, southwest of the city, where they detained a woman.

The detainee was identified as the wife of a prisoner from the nearby town of Jaba‘.

Samour confirmed that another Palestinian was detained as he attempted to cross the Mavo Dothan checkpoint, southeast of Yaabad town.

In the southern West Bank, Israeli soldiers conducted a raid in the Bethlehem city neighborhood of As-Saff, resulting in the detention of two others.

Soldiers manning the Container military checkpoint, northeast of the city, stopped and detained another from Aida refugee camp.

Two others, a 16-year-old teen from the same refugee camp and a 17-year-old teen from Bir 'Onah, one of the neighborhoods of the city of Beit Jala, were also detained from the vicinity of the section of Israel’s apartheid wall built on the lands of the city.

In Hebron district, two others were detained in separate two raids in Halhul and Dura towns, north and south of the city.

Another Palestinian from Hebron district was rounded up as he was on his way to his work inside Israel.

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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