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Israeli occupation forces detain 25 Palestinians in West Bank raids

NABLUS, Israeli occupation forces today detained at least 25 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS confirmed in a press release that  Israeli forces rounded up 12 Palestinians, some of whom were former prisoners, from the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

Five of the 12 prisoners were identified as residents of Nablus city, another as a resident of Asira Ash-Shamaliya town, two others as residents of Talluza village, another as a resident of al-Badhan town.

In the northern West Bank, PPS said that a former prisoner was rounded up from Zababdeh town, southeast of Jenin. He was arrested from the vicinity of Salem military camp, west of Jenin.

In Tulkarem district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Tulkarem refugee camp, where soldiers rounded up a Palestinian.

Soldiers also conducted a similar raid in Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem city, resulting in the detention of another.

In Jerusalem district, PPS pointed out that Israeli police rounded up Hanadi Halawani, an activist who has been banned entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on several occasions.

Two other Palestinians were detained from Anata town, northeast of Jerusalem.

In Bethlehem district, Israeli troops detained two Palestinians, including one after assaulting him, from Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem city.

Troops also barged their way into Hindaza village, southeast of the city, where they rounded up another.

Another was detained from the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Meanwhile, PPS confirmed that Israeli troops raided Makhoul and al-Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley, resulting in the detention of three Palestinians, including a father and his son.

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.

 

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency