RAMALLAH, In an early morning Israeli army raid on two Ramallah-area villages, soldiers rounded up more than 20 Palestinians, according to Palestinian security sources.
They said that soldiers raided the village of al-Mughayyer, northeast of Ramallah, and rounded up at least 16 Palestinians, five of them were later released. The detainees included the father and brother of Ali Abu Alayya, a 13-year-old boy shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in the village in early December.
The soldiers also raided Kufr Malik town, also northeast of Ramallah, and detained six Palestinians, said the sources.
The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said Israel today detained 41 Palestinians in the occupied territories, mainly in al-Mughayyer and Kufr Malik in the West Bank, and from al-Tur neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, among other places.
It said this is the highest figure of arrests so far this year.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency