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West Bank: Occupation forces launch massive arrest campaign

The occupation forces launched raids on many areas of the West Bank and arrested a number of citizens, including a prominent Hamas leader, amid an extensive campaign which started a week ago. The raids targeted the town of Ya`bad, in Jenin, after an Israeli soldier was killed during clashes with Palestinians, who protested against a massive campaign of incursions that had taken place earlier.

The Israeli forces continue to impose severe restrictions on Ya`bad, such as closing many of the town’s main roads, launching arrest campaigns and raids on a regular basis, while intimidating the locals with police dogs, intentionally assaulting them and destroying their personal belongings.

The Israeli security campaign started at dawn last Tuesday after an Israeli soldier was killed during a military operation in the town. The soldier was hit on the head by a stone that was thrown from one of the town’s buildings. Consequently, the residence was raided dozens of times and a number of its inhabitants were arrested, including women and children.