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Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids
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RAMALLAH, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces predawn Wednesday detained at least 11 Palestinians from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.

They said that Israeli forces rounded up two Palestinians and ransacked the houses of their families in Ni'lin town, west of the city of Ramallah.

In the southern West Bank, a convoy of army vehicles stormed Aida refugee camp, north of the city of Bethlehem, where the soldiers detained another.

The sources confirmed that another was forced to turn myself to the soldiers manning the permanently-staffed Checkpoint 300 checkpoint, north of the city, a day after some of his family members were detained.

In Hebron district, the gun-toting soldiers showed up at a house in Idhna town, west of the city, broke inside, conducted a thorough search and eventually detained another.

In the northern West Bank, the soldiers conducted a raid in Jaba‘ village, southwest of the city of Jenin, resulting in the detention of another.

They also barged their way into Ya‘bad town, west of the city, and re-arrested a former prisoner.

They detained four others; two from Fahma village, southwest of the city, and two others from Burqin village, west of the city, and tempered with the contents of their houses.

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 4,700 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 150 children and 34 female prisoners.

This number includes approximately 835 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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