Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids
Israeli forces today detained 10 Palestinians in predawn raids across the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources.
They said that Israeli forces rounded up a Palestinian after breaking into and searching his family house in the Ramallah city neighborhood of al-Tireh.
In Jerusalem district, a convoy of army vehicles stormed Al ‘Eizariya town, southeast of the city, where the soldiers re-arrested a former prisoner and ransacked his house, turning it upside down.
In the southern West Bank, the heavily-armed soldiers showed up at a house in Dura city, southwest of Hebron, muscled inside, conducted a thorough search and eventually detained another.
They also barged their way into al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of Hebron, and rounded up another.
They conducted a similar raid in in the nearby city of Ad-Dhahiriya, resulting in the detention of another.
In Nablus district, the soldiers forcibly entered a house in ‘Asira al-Qibliya village, south of the city, and detained another.
In the northern West Bank, an army force raided Anabta town, east of the city of Tulkarm, and rounded up three others, including two former prisoners.
The soldiers also showed up at a house in Jaba‘ town, south of Jenin, tampered with its contents and rounded up another.
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.
According to the latest figures from Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, there are currently 4,700 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 190 children and 30 female prisoners.
This number includes approximately 800 Palestinians placed under “administrative detention”, that allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Mass arrest of Palestinians is nothing new. According to a 2017 report by Addameer, over the past 50 years, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel, this figure is now believed to be closer to 1 million. This means that about 40% of Palestinian men and boys living under military occupation have been deprived of their freedom. Almost every Palestinian family has suffered the imprisonment of a loved one.
Source: Palestine News and Information Agency