Occupation abducts 15 West Bank citizens

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) last night kidnapped 15 citizens during a series of military raids on various locations in the West Bank.

It was said today in a statement that 3 citizens were abducted from a Jericho refugee camp targeted by the IOF last night. Other citizens were taken by the IOF from the Seda district of Tulkarm, the Teyar checkpoint near Ramallah and the Silwad district of Ramallah.

The IOF also arrested a father and son in Jenin refugee camp, while another army force stormed the nearby town of Jaba’ and arrested a 20 year old man after raiding his house and vandalizing furniture. WAFA reported that the military incursion into Jaba’ incited clashes between the IOF and local residents, during which the Israeli soldiers fired teargas and stun grenades and caused multiple injuries.

5 citizens were taken from occupied Jerusalem to a nearby police interrogation center by the IOF after the occupation soldiers stormed the Silwan neighbourhood and raided family homes.

Earlier last night, IOF soldiers physically assaulted a man at a Bethlehem checkpoint, leaving him badly bruised, said IMEMC. He was transferred to hospital for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation police arrested the wife of a Palestinian detainee as she visited her son in Eshel prison in Beersheba.

The Israeli army launches arrest campaigns on a daily basis against dozens of Palestinians in various cities and villages of the West Bank under the so-called administrative detention policy.

This policy enables the apartheid Israeli government to keep Palestinians in jail without trial or charge for up to 6 months. The detention order can be renewed an indefinite number of times. This has lead to the detention of over 7000 Palestinians in Israeli jails and detention camps without any obvious charges.

Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan is currently on the 28th day of his hunger strike protesting the third consecutive renewel of his administrative detention orders. He has been detained without charge or trial since his arrest on July 8, 2014.

In a hushed-up case exposed by Haaretz, the IOF attempted to use the administrative detention order to punish veteran Palestinian activist and MP, Khalida Jarrar, for her refusal to be deported to Jericho without charges.