JERUSALEM, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight rounded up 19 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
PPS confirmed in a press release that Israeli police detained three Palestinians after ransacking their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, and another from Jerusalem’s Old City.
PPS also confirmed an Israeli military raid in Beit Anan village, northwest of Jerusalem, resulting in the detention of two others.
In Hebron district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Yatta town, south of Hebron, where soldiers detained three brothers and seized their lathing machines.
Soldiers conducted a similar raid in Ash-Shuyukh town, north of Hebron, where they rounded up two Palestinians.
Two separate raids were reported in the Hebron-district towns of Dura and Bani Naim, where soldiers searched several houses, turning them upside down. No detentions were reported though.
In the northern West Bank, PPS confirmed that three others were detained from Jenin district. They were identified as residents of Deir Abu Da‘if and Qabatia town, east and south of Jenin respectively.
In Nablus district, PPS reported a predawn military raid in Beit Furik town, southeast of Nablus, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian who suffers from neurological problems.
Another was rounded up from the northern West Bank city of Tubas.
In the Jordan Valley, PPS said that Israeli forces rounded up a Palestinian after stopping him at a checkpoint near the Dead Sea.
In Ramallah and al-Bireh district, PPS confirmed two raids in Deir Abu Mashaal village and Kafr Ni‘ma town, northwest of Ramallah city, resulting in the detention of two others.
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.
According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians -- including numerous women and children -- are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.
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.