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Palestinian professor among 31 Palestinians detained from West Bank

Israeli occupation forces detained 31 Palestinians, including a university professor, in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

PPS confirmed in a press release that Israeli forces detained Ahmad Qatamesh, 68, a political scientist known for his writings and lectures who was designed by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, after raiding his house in Ramallah city.

PPS added that another Palestinian, identified as an undergraduate student enrolled in Birzeit University, was rounded up from the Ramallah city neighborhood of al-Irsal.

Still in Ramallah district, Israeli forces conducted a raid in Silwad town, east of Ramallah, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians.

Another Palestinian was detained in a similar raid in Beitunia city, west of Ramallah.

Meanwhile, PPS said that 15 Palestinians were rounded up from Jerusalem district.

One of the 15 Palestinians was rounded up in an overnight raid in Beit Duqqu town, northwest of Jerusalem.

The 14 others were identified as residents of the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiyeh, Ras al-Amoud and al-Tur.

In Bethlehem district, PPS said an Israeli occupation forces raid was conducted in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, resulting in the detention of three Palestinians, including a 16-year-old teen.

According to the PPS statement, another resident of Bethlehem district, who is an undergraduate student enrolled in Beirzeit University, was detained from his dormitory in al-Bireh city.

In the meantime, PPS said that five Palestinians, including a 16-year-old disabled person, were detained from Hebron district.

Local sources identified two of the detainees as residents of Hebron city, two others as residents of Beit Ummar town, and another as a resident of Halhul town.

A similar predawn raid was confirmed in Aqabat Jabr, a refugee camp situated to the southwest of Jericho city, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces today seized an agricultural tractor in the area of al-Ras al-Ahmar, to the south of the occupied West Bank city of Tubas.

Israeli occupation 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.

According to Palestinian figures, roughly 5,700 Palestinians — including numerous women and children — are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities.