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Israel raids Palestinian neighbourhood, arrests five in occupied East Jerusalem

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]

Date of publication: 28 April, 2020

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Israel raided the neighbourhood of Issawiya and arrested five Palestinians on Tuesday morning, reports confirmed.
Israel has arrested five Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem following a night of clashes between the neighbourhood’s residents and Israeli forces.

Local sources say the arrests happened in Issawiya on Tuesday morning after Israeli forces raided the neighbourhood at night, prompting clashes.

Those arrested were reported to be young residents that were defending their homes when Israeli forces launched a raid, according to Palestinian Authority’s news agency Wafa.

The five were taken to the Israeli Russian Compound interrogation centre.

Ongoing illegal occupation

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

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

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

Israeli forces and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories through harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property as well as other forms of violence. 

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