Israeli forces detain five Palestinians from northern West Bank

Israeli forces Tuesday overnight detained at least five Palestinians from the northern West Bank districts of Jenin and Nablus, according local sources.

Israeli forces rounded up three Palestinians, including a former prisoner, and ransacked their houses in Al-Yamun town, west of Jenin.

They also showed up at a house in Beit Qad village, east of Jenin, muscled inside and ultimately detained another.

Meanwhile, heavily-armed soldiers re-arrested a former prisoner after breaking into his house in al-‘Ein refugee camp, west of Nablus.

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)