Israel detains 22 Palestinians in W. Bank, fires on Gaza
World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli forces have detained 22 Palestinians in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Palestinian NGO said on Thursday.
Israeli forces arrested ten Palestinians in separate home raids in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in a statement.
It added that Israeli forces had also detained 12 Palestinians, including two minors, from several East Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Israel routinely conducts overnight arrest campaigns against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank.
Tension has run high since Israel briefly closed East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in late October after an extremist rabbi was injured in a west Jerusalem shooting.
The closure of Al-Aqsa, as well as the ensuing killing by Israeli police of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, triggered protests by angry West Bank Palestinians.
Over 7,000 Palestinians continue to languish in prisons located throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Gaza farmland fired
Meanwhile, Israeli army forces on Thursday fired into agricultural land located in the heart of the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses have said.
Israeli forces stationed on the border with the blockaded coastal enclave fired machineguns in the direction of the Gaza Strip's Al-Bareej refugee camp, eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency.
The machinegun fire slightly damaged agricultural crops in the area, witnesses said.
The Israeli army, for its part, has yet to comment on the reported incident.
Israel has conducted several limited incursions into the Gaza Strip since it signed an August 26 cease-fire agreement with Palestinian resistance factions.
That agreement ended Israel's seven-week-long military onslaught on the coastal territory, which left over 2,160 Palestinians dead and more than 11,000 injured – the vast majority of them civilians – in July and August.
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