Israeli forces detain six Palestinians, assault another in West Bank raids

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RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM – Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained at least six Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to security sources.

They confirmed that Israeli forces rounded up a father and his son after storming their family house in al-Balou‘ neighborhood of al-Bireh city.

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The soldiers also kicked into the doors of several other houses, wreaked havoc inside and rounded up another from other neighborhoods of the city.

In the northern West Bank, Israeli soldiers detained a 16-year-old teen from al-Yamun town, west of Jenin city.

The sources confirmed a similar Israeli military raid in Bir al-Basha village, southwest of the city, resulting in the detention of another.

This came as soldiers manning al-Hamra checkpoint, north of Nablus, brutally assaulted a man after stopping him, inflicting cuts and bruises across his body.

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The man, identified as a resident of Raba village, southeast of Jenin, was rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment.

In Tubas district, Director of the Palestine Prisoner’s Society Office, Kamal Bani-Odeh, confirmed that another Palestinian was detained in a raid in Tayaseer village, east of the city.

While in the village, Israeli troops opened fire towards the tires of a villager’s vehicle, slashing them.

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.

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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.

Credit : WAFA | Photo credit : WAFA

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