RAMALLAH, Thursday, May 21, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained early today 27 Palestinians and injured others in multiple raids across the occupied West Bank, said the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
In Hebron district, PPS said that Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians, including three teens, after storming their families’ homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Soldiers detained three others in separate raids in Dura and Beit Kahel towns, southwest and north of Hebron, respectively.
In Bethlehem district, PPS said that Israeli forces re-arrested a former prisoner after storming his parents’ house in Bethlehem city, and another person in al-Shwawreh village, east of Bethlehem.
In Ramallah district, PPS confirmed that Israeli forces detained five undergraduate students enrolled in Birzeit University from several Ramallah-district towns and villages.
It elaborated that Israeli forces raided Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians, an undergraduate student and 62-year-old man. The elderly man was released several hours later.
During ensuing confrontations, Israeli troops opened fire towards local youths injuring one with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the neck.
Soldiers also conducted similar raids in Silwad town and the villages of Saffa and Sinjil, resulting in the detention of three other undergraduate students.
A similar predawn military raid was conducted in Kharbatha Bani Hareth village, west of Ramallah, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.
In Jenin district, Israeli military raided Yabad town, south of Jenin city, where soldiers detained four Palestinians, including a former prisoner and his son and a minor.
The raid triggered confrontations, during which soldiers opened fire towards local teens who attempted to block their passage. No injuries were reported though.
The town has been a scene of daily raids and confrontations since an Israeli soldier was killed by a rock dropped on his head during a predawn raid on May 12.
Another Palestinian, identified as a resident of Anza village, south of Jenin, was detained after he was stopped at a military checkpoint near Jitt village, southwest of Nablus city.
Elsewhere in the northern West Bank, soldiers re-arrested six former prisoners after ransacking their houses in Qalqilia city. One Palestinian was injured by Israeli military gunfire during ensuing confrontations.
In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police detained a Palestinian from al-Issawiya neighborhood.