Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians from West Bank

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, April 06, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday late night and Wednesday overnight detained 22 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources. They said that heavily-armed Israeli police rounded up 12 Palestinians from the vicinity of Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, in East Jerusalem. Police also rounded up two minors from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. In the southern West Bank, Israeli forces rounded up three others in multiple raids across Hebron district. One of the detainees was identified as a resident of Beit Awwa town, west of the city, another as a resident of at-Tuwani village, southeast of Yatta, and the other as a resident of Beit Ummar town, north of the city. In the northern West Bank, the sources confirmed a raid in Nablus city, resulting in the detention of another. The military vehicles stormed Birin area, south of Qalqiliya city, where the soldiers detained a 15-year-old minor. In Jenin district, gun-toting soldiers re-arrested a former prisoner after forcibly entering and searching his parents’ house. The soldiers showed up at several houses in al-Yamun town, west of Jenin, muscled in, interrogated the occupants and conducted a thorough search. No detentions were made though. They re-arrested two other former prisoners and assaulted them after stopping them at the Dothan military checkpoint, south of the city. The prisoners were identified as residents of Qaffin town, north of Tulkarm. 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. K.F.

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