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Israeli occupation detains 7 Palestinians, assaulted entire family

Israeli occupation forces today assaulted an entire Palestinian family during a search-and-arrest operation in Beit Ummar town in the south of the occupied West Bank, and detained at least seven Palestinians throughout the occupied territories.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), the forces detained at least seven Palestinians from Jenin, Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Hebron districts.

Forces raided several Palestinian homes in Beit Ummar in Hebron to arrest activists.

During one of these raids at the home of Abu Mariah family, the forces assaulted a man, his 50-year-old wife and two 27 and 21 years old daughters, said Mohammad Awad, a local activist.

Two sons of the same family are in Israeli prisons for their resistance to the occupation, one of them 17 years old detained in April 2020 and sentenced to a two-year term, and the other, 26 years old, held in administrative detention without charge or trial since May 2020.

Activist Mohammad Awad said the occupation forces detained two men in Beit Ummar, while a third man was detained in Hebron city.

One Palestinian, 20 years old, was detained during an army raid of his family home in Yabad town, in the Jenin district in the north of the West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

Another 21 years man also was detained in an army raid of the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah. Palestinian security sources said the Israeli forces ransacked his house during the raid.

Israeli occupation forces detained one person at Qalandia refugee camp and another at Hizma village after raiding and searching their families’ homes, reported WAFA.

Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.

These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are nearly 4500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, 37 women, 140 children and 45 held in administrative detentionn without charge or trial.

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