Dozens of Palestinians detained across West Bank in Israeli raids

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Mar 2024

The Israeli army detained 55 Palestinians in a series of large-scale raids across various cities in the occupied West Bank on Monday, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli troops raid the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on March 4, 2024. AFP


Among the detainees were 22 Palestinians from Hebron, including some former prisoners.

Additional arrests occurred in Tubas, Bethlehem, Qalqilya, Jerusalem, and Ramallah, as reported by the WAFA news agency.

The most violent raid took place in the Nour Shams camp in Tulkarem, according to the Palestinian Information Centre (PIC).

Israeli forces damaged roads and infrastructure. An Israeli military bulldozer attempted to run over a young man standing on the sidewalk near the Al-Younis roundabout, north of the city, according to PIC.

Fighters from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and the Al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad) clashed with Israeli forces and claimed to have destroyed a bulldozer.

The Al-Quds Brigades also reported engaging Israeli forces in Tubas, while the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades reported clashes in Ramallah.

In another raid in Nablus, Israeli forces demolished a home and fired tear gas during clashes, as reported by PIC.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society treated about 15 Palestinians suffering from tear gas inhalation following the raid.

Clashes also erupted in Salem town, east of Nablus, after Israeli settlers stormed Youssef Tomb, and in Qalqilya, where the Israeli army violently raided local homes, according to PIC.

Near Ramallah, a 16-year-old Palestinian minor was killed, and two others were injured during an Israeli army raid on Al-Amari camp.

Around 7,400 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank since the start of Israel’s war on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Palestinian detainees are subject to physical and psychological abuse in Israeli jails, said WAFA, citing a joint statement by the Detainees Affairs Authority and the PPS.

The statement emphasized the issue of the so-called security examinations," highlighting how these procedures are used by Israelis to systematically humiliate and abuse Palestinians.

The organizations also condemned the "starvation policy" and deliberate medical negligence by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), citing testimonies of detainees who reported systematic torture and abuse during their arrest and interrogation.

These human rights abuses and forced detentions occur as the Israeli army continues to commit war crimes and acts of genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where more than 30,000 people, mostly women and children, have been killed.

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