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Israel detains seven Palestinians, including lawyer, in overnight West Bank 'manhunt'

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 19 March, 2019

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Seven Palestinians were detained in three cities across the occupied West Bank.

Occupying Israeli forces have in overnight raids detained at least seven Palestinians, including a lawyer, across the West Bank.

Israeli military vehicles raided homes and arrested two Palestinians, one of whom a lawyer, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society.

The prisoner’s watchdog also said that two Palestinians were taken from their homes in Bethlehem.

They also entered the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, where Israeli soldiers raided the houses of three Palestinian families and detained one member from each family.

All three cities are in Area A, meaning they are fully administrated by the Palestinian Authority, rendering Israeli army raiding the areas without a search warrant is a violation of the 1995 peace agreement.

The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three: area A, area B and area C.

Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority. Area B's administration is controlled by the PA, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.

The raids are part of a manhunt after two Israelis were killed in a stabbing and shooting attacks over the weekend believed to have been carried out by a Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

All Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank are classed as illegal under international law.

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