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Palestine | Israeli Forces Detain Palestinians from West Bank


Israeli forces detained Tuesday at least 13 Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to security and local sources.

The sources confirmed that Israeli police rounded up four members of the Abu Asab family after breaking into their house in Issawiya, an East Jerusalem neighborhood of some 20,000 Palestinians where residents and constantly harassed by police and anyone, including children, run the risk of arbitrary arrest.

As they descended upon the house, the sizable police force beat up the family members, inflicting bruises and cuts across their bodies, especially in the head and face before arresting them, as confirmed by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

Police detained another Palestinian after storming his family house in the same neighborhood.

In Hebron district, Israeli forces barged their way into Tarqumiyah town, northwest of the city, where they detained another.

They also conducted a similar raid in the nearby town of Surif, resulting in the detention of another.

This came as a similar raid was confirmed in Beit Ummar town, north of the city, resulting in the detention of a 24-year-old university student, as reported by media activist Muhammad Awad.

The soldiers also physically assaulted a Palestinian and smashed the windshields of his vehicle in the southern part of Hebron city.

In Ramallah district, Israeli military vehicles stormed Turmus Ayya town, north of the city, where soldiers rounded up a father along his 18-year-old son.

The raid triggered confrontations during which the soldiers opened fire towards local protestors. No injuries were reported though.

In Nablus district, Israeli troops forced their way into Aqraba town, southeast of the city, where they detained three residents, including two brothers.

The Israeli army sealed off the town purportedly as part of an active pursuit of the suspected perpetrators of a drive-by shooting, which left three settlers injured, at the northern West Bank junction of Zaatara, also known to Israeli settlers as Tapuah.

Clashes broke out with the soldiers, who ransacked a number of houses, seized the recordings of their surveillance cameras and briefly held worshipers at a local mosque.

The soldiers managed to seize the vehicle, spotted outside the town, after the Palestinian villagers set it ablaze.

The drive-by shooting was followed by a series of settler attacks, including pelting vehicles with Palestinian registration plates with stones, south of Nablus and northeast of Ramallah, and assaulting a shepherd in Far'ata town, east of Qalqilya.

It also followed simmering tensions in the occupied city of Jerusalem following Israeli police’s recent decision to ban people from sitting on the stairs outside Bab al-Amoud, also known as Damascus Gate, and attempts to forcibly evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.