Israel carries out Christmas Eve raids, arrests Palestinians
Israeli forces detained three Palestinians across the West Bank during raids that took place overnight and at dawn on Thursday .
According to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), three Palestinians were detained from the areas of Nablus and Hebron, as the occupied region prepares for Christmas.
Israeli forces rearrested a former prisoner after raiding his house in Nablus city. The prisoner had spent 13 years in prison and was released in 2018.
Soldiers also detained two others after breaking into their homes and conducting illegal searches in Hebron city.
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Israeli forces raid Palestinian houses on an almost daily basis across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.
Often, children are detained during the raids.
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 zones: 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 PA, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.
Attacks by Israeli settlers on the local Palestinian population in the West Bank are common, added to the stifling conditions of the occupation.