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Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces detain 12 Palestinians in West Bank raids

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained 12 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that Israeli forces rounded up four Palestinians, including two brothers and a 72-year-old elderly, after storming the houses of their houses in Dura city, southwest of Hebron.

The soldiers rounded up two others; one from Kharsa village, southwest of Hebron city, and a former prisoner who went on a 141-day-long hunger strike from at-Tabaqa village, west of the city.

Elsewhere in the southern West Bank, the sources confirmed a raid in Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, resulting in the detention of another.

In Ramallah district, a convoy of army vehicles stormed Kafr Ni'ma village, west of the city, where the soldiers muscled inside two houses, conducted thorough search and eventually detained two others.

They also showed up at a house in the nearby village of ‘Ein A‘rik, broke inside and ransacked it before detaining another.

In the northern West Bank, the gun-toting soldiers rounded up two brothers, one of whom is a former prisoner, and ransacked their family house in Dhinnaba village, east of Tulkarm.

On Tuesday evening, the heavily-armed police a Palestinian from Sur Baher neighborhood, southeast of Jerusalem.

The father-of-five’s wife is already serving a 10-year sentence in Israeli custody.

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.

According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,650 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 180 children and 32 female prisoners.

This number includes 743 Palestinians placed under “administrative detention”, that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.


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