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Israel detains Palestinians during West Bank raids

Israel has detained at least seven Palestinians [Getty]

Date of publication: 14 June, 2020

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Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians during raids across the West Bank.
Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians during raids across the occupied West Bank on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

In the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Jouz, two brothers were detained after their homes were raided by the occupying forces. They were identified as Mohammed and Yousef Salti, according to Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa.

Two other Palestinians were detained after their homes were raided in the nearby town of Abu Dis, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Three Palestinians were also detained during a raid on Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem, and the nearby village of Harmala.

At least one Palestinian was also detained in the occupied Jenin district.

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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