West Bank: Clashes break out during wide Israeli raids, arrest campaigns

PNN/ Bethlehem/

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday overnight have carried wide raids on homes and shops all over the West Bank, causing clashes, injuries and arrests.

According to the Israeli army, 15 Palestinians have been arrested over allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activism.

Raids and arrests included Qalqilya, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Tubas and Jenin.

PIC reported that in Yaabad village, northern West Bank, IOF sealed off the main entrances to the town with a series of checkpoints. At the same time, the Israeli army patrols broke into Qufein town, in Tulkarem, and wreaked havoc on the homes of the Palestinian prisoner Fathi al-Khaseeb and his sons, before they kidnapped his son Mujahed.

Prisoner al-Khasseb, from the al-Qassam Brigades, has been held in Israeli jails for 14 years on charges of involvement in anti-occupation attacks.

The IOF further closed all entrances to Azzoun town, blocking Palestinians’ movement in and out. The campaign culminated in the abduction of citizen Issam Jumu’a Yassin from his own family home after he had been subjected to aggressive beating by the occupation soldiers. In the meantime, at least three Palestinian protesters sustained bullet injuries in clashes that rocked Nablus’ southern town of Irak Burin. Sounds of live rounds have been detected all the way through the clashes.

In Bethlehem, IOF have entered several blacksmith shops, broke and confiscated equipment under the pretext of “making arms” showing no evidence.



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