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Israeli forces detain four Palestinians, injure another in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Thursday, January 13, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday overnight detained four Palestinians and injured another across the West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that several Israeli military vehicles stormed Tubas city in the northeastern West Bank, sparking confrontations.

The soldiers shot a young man with a live round in one of his hands and searched several houses, turning them upside down.

The casualty was rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment, where medics described his condition as stable.

Still in the northern West Bank, Israeli forces barged their way into Askar refugee camp near Nablus, where they rounded up two Palestinians.

The midnight raid triggered confrontations which saw local youths showering the military vehicles with stones and empty bottles. No injuries were reported though.

Gun-toting soldiers also conducted a raid in Qabatiya town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where they re-arrested a former prisoner.

Meanwhile, police rounded up another from Issawiya neighborhood, which lies on the eastern slopes of Jerusalem, as confirmed by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

In the meantime, the soldiers raided the Jabal al-Mawaleh area in the center of the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, where they forcibly entered and ransacked several houses, turning them topsy-turvy.

The sources confirmed similar raids, including in ‘Aida refugee camp and Hindaza mountain, in Bethlehem district. Neither detentions nor injuries were reported though.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli troops raided the town of Betunia, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and re-arrested a former prisoner from his house.

Many military jeeps surrounded the former prisoner’s family house, muscled in and searched it before detaining the prisoner.

The raid triggered confrontations during which the soldiers opened fire towards local protestors. No injuries were reported though.

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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