Israeli forces shoot at, arrest Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces shoot at, arrest Palestinians in West Bank
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19 July, 2020
At least five Palestinians were detained and two injured by Israeli forces.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]
At least five Palestinians were detained and two were injured by occupying Israeli forces during raids across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) said.

Israeli forces on Sunday shot at protesters near raided Balata refugee camp, near the occupied city of Nablus. Two protesters were injured in the pelvis and knee.

At least one Palestinian, 22 years old, was detained by the Israeli forces.

On Saturday evening, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in the Tulkarem governorate, north of the West Bank, and two others in Hebron.

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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.

Israel's plans to annex the West Bank have been denounced as an illegal violation of international law by world leaders as well as UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet.

Israel was originally supposed to begin annexing the occupied West Bank on 1 July, but the plan had been delayed - allegedly because the map to annex was not ready on time.

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