Israeli army arrests 20 Palestinians, including 5 children in the West Bank

Israeli army arrests 20 Palestinians, including 5 children in the West Bank
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West Bank
15 February, 2022
Israeli forces arrested twenty Palestinians, including five minors from various places in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC).
Israeli forces often carry out overnight raids in the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank to arrest Palestinians who they accuse of planning attacks [Getty]

Israeli forces have arrested twenty Palestinians, including five minors, from various areas across the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC).

The arrests concentrated in the cities of Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, Bethlehem and the villages of East Jerusalem, the PPC said in a statement sent to The New Arab.

The PPC condemned the Israeli arrest campaign in the West Bank, which came amid a continued spread of Covid-19 among Palestinian prisoners inside the Israeli jails.

Israeli forces often carry out overnight raids in the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank to arrest Palestinians who they accuse of planning attacks.

Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli administrative detention, sometimes for months, without trial.

Detainees have held hunger strikes to protest their status and the conditions in the Israeli prisons, where they say they lack basic rights.

Rights groups regularly slammed Israel's use of administrative detention - the incarceration without a charge or trial - against Palestinians.

The detention has no time limit and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli forces demolished an agricultural storage unit in the village of Al-Fakhit in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron.

Fouad Al-Amour, the owner of the facility and a coordinator of the "Protection and Resilience Committees" told The New Arab that "Bedouin communities in Masafer Yatta are being subjected to a fierce Israeli attack."

"The Israeli authorities seek to deport us from our lands to be exploited for the benefit of settlement projects," the man said, adding "it (Israel) will succeed in its attempts to expel us from our properties."