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Israel arrests six Palestinians, including activist, journalist Bushra al-Tawil

Israeli forces arrested several Palestinians across the West Bank [Anadolu/Getty]

Date of publication: 11 December, 2019

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Israeli forces arrested journalist Bushra al-Tawil from her family home in Ramallah, just days after her father, senior Hamas leader Jamal al-Tawil, was released from Israeli prison.
Israeli forces arrested six Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning, including the female journalist and former detainee, Bushra al-Tawil.

Israeli soldiers carried out the arrest of al-Tawil in the Umm Al-Sharayet neighbourhood in the town of al-Bireh, near the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank, The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported.

Soldiers stormed several houses, including the journalist's family home, arresting her and confiscating a car belonging to the family.

Al-Tawil's arrest comes less than a week after the release of her father, senior Hamas leader Jamal al-Tawil. He was held for two years under administrative detention.

Bushra has been arrested before and has spent two years in prison. She is one of the editors of the 2011 Wafa al-Ahrar agreement, which saw 477 Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli prisons in a prisoner swap deal.

A Palestinian man was also arrested in al-Bireh during the Wednesday raids and both he and al-Tawil were taken to an unknown location.

Israeli forces further arrested a young man from the village of Baytin, east of Ramallah, and another from Jalazoun refugee camp.

The Israeli raids also included a search of the house of former detainee Iyad Mansour, in Nablus, while two young men were arrested from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

The raids come a day after Israel arrested 14 Palestinians in Nablus, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and surrounding villages.

Clashes broke out between Palestinian youths in Al-Bireh west of Ramallah and Israeli forces as a result of Tuesday's raids.

Israel's widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows for open-ended imprisonment of those accused of security offences, without having to file charges or giving trials. More than 400 Palestinians are currently being held under the policy.

Comment: How Israel turned the occupation into a moneymaking enterprise

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, and commits various abuses against Palestinian civilians, human rights groups say.

It later annexed east Jerusalem and considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians view the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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