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Israeli occupation forces detain 12 Palestinians in West Bank raids

Israeli occupation forces today detained 12 Palestinians and assaulted others in multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS).

PPS confirmed in a press statement that Israeli forces rounded up four Palestinians, including two teens, after ransacking the houses of their families in al-Auja town, north of Jericho city.

In Jerusalem district, Israeli occupation forces stormed Qatanna town, northwest of Jerusalem, where soldiers rearrested a former prisoner.

Soldiers also conducted a similar raid in Beit Duqqu town, northwest of Jerusalem, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians.

Another was rounded up from Ramallah and al-Bireh district.

In the southern West Bank, an Israeli raid was carried out in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, resulting in the detention of a teen who has sustained injuries in a car accident.

In Hebron district, Israeli troops carried out a raid in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.

Local security sources said that soldiers conducted another raid in Adh-Dhahiriya town, south of Hebron, where they ransacked the house of two prisoners’ family.

In the northern West Bank, PPS said a raid was conducted in the Balata refugee camp of Nablus district, resulting in the detention of two Palestinians.

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.