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Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in West Bank raids
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RAMALLAH, Wednesday, December 7, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday night detained 22 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that Israeli forces rounded up six Palestinians after breaking into and searching the houses of their families in Beit Duqqu village, northwest of Jerusalem.

In the southern West Bank, the gun-toting soldiers re-arrested a former prisoner al-Asakra village, southeast of Bethlehem.

They also conducted a similar raid in Tuqu‘ town, east of Bethlehem, leading to the detention of three others.

Elsewhere in the southern West Bank, a convoy of army vehicles stormed As Samu‘, a town south of Hebron city, where the soldiers rounded up eight others, including two brothers.

Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank, the sources confirmed a raid in Qalqiliya city, resulting in the detention of four others.

In the meantime, three others were detained from other parts of the West Bank on Tuesday evening.

A resident of Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus city, was stopped and detained at Za'tara checkpoint, south of the city.

The soldiers manning the permanently-staffed Qalandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, stopped and detained another.

The third, a resident of Idhna town, west of Hebron, was rounded up at the permanently-staffed Tarqumya checkpoint, west of the city.

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 4,760 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 160 children and 33 female prisoners.

This number includes approximately 820 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.

K.F.

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