Israel detains 30 Palestinians in Jerusalem, W. Bank

Mass arrest campaign held in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

Israel detains 30 Palestinians in Jerusalem, W. Bank
World Bulletin / News Desk
The Israeli army detained 30 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a Palestinian NGO has said.

"The Israeli army detained 18 Palestinians amid a mass arrest campaign in Beit Ummar village north of Hebron city," the Palestinian Prisoners Society, an NGO, said.

"During the campaign, Israeli forces raided houses in the village and attacked families," it added.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that violent clashes had erupted in the village between Israeli army troops and Palestinian youths, during which one of the latter was injured by rubber bullets while four others suffered teargas inhalation.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army detained 12 Palestinians in several neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem.

"Large forces from the Israeli army raided two homes in the Old City of Jerusalem, detaining four Palestinians," an eyewitness told The Anadolu Agency.

Elsewhere in the holy city, Israeli forces raided homes and detained eight Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Isawiya, Sur Baher, Al-Tur and Ras al-Amoud.

Israeli forces routinely conduct arrest campaigns against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on claims that they are "wanted" by the Israeli authorities.

Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

Meanwhile, Jewish settlers slashed the tires of 11 Palestinian-owned vehicles in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Biet Safafa in the early hours of Wednesday, local residents said.

"They [settlers] slashed my car tires with a knife for the second time in two months," Ameer Shalhab told AA.

"The attackers wrote racist, anti-Arab slogans on one car," he said.

Recent months have seen a rise in attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinians across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Palestinian officials accuse the Israeli army and police of turning a blind eye to the assaults.


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