RAMALLAH, Israeli forces today detained at least 16 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
It confirmed in a press statement that Israeli forces rounded up four Palestinians from Nablus district.
In Ramallah district, Israeli forces barged their way into Birzeit town, north of the city, where they detained two Palestinians; a prisoner’s father and an undergraduate student enrolled in Birzeit University.
The student, who was detained from the students dormitory in the town, was identified as a resident of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.
In Jerusalem district, PPS confirmed a police raid in Issawiyeh neighborhood, resulting in the detention of four Palestinians.
Israeli forces detained two others in a similar raid in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.
In Hebron district, two Palestinian teen, aged 17 and 18, were rounded up after appearing before the Israeli intelligence in Gush Etzion detention and interrogation center. They were identified as residents of Beit Ummar town.
PPS confirmed that two other Palestinians were detained; one from Jaba‘ town, south of Jenin, and the other from Bethlehem.
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 (WAFA)