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Two students among 11 detained from West Bank

RAMALLAH, Israeli forces Tuesday overnight detained 11 Palestinians, including two university students, from various parts of the West Bank, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

It confirmed in a press release that Israeli forces rounded up five Palestinians after ransacking their houses in Biddu and Qatanna towns, northwest of Jerusalem city.

PPS also confirmed that Israeli police detained three other Palestinians in multiple raids in Jerusalem city.

Two of the three detainees were identified as residents of Silwan neighborhood and students enrolled in Birzeit University. One of them was a former prisoner. The third detainee was identified as a resident of Issawiya neighborhood.

In Nablus district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Balata refugee camp, adjacent to Nablus city, where soldiers re-arrested a former prisoner.

Soldiers conducted a similar raid in Beit Dajan town, east of Nablus city, resulting in the detention of another former prisoner.

PPS added that another Palestinian was rounded up from Salfit district.

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.

 

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency