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Israel arrests 2 journalists, raids university in West Bank

Israeli forces arrest 2 journalists, raid university in West Bank
2 min read
08 November, 2023
Israeli forces and settlers have stepped up their attacks in the West Bank since 7 Oct. Wednesday dawn saw more arrests made.
Israel has stepped up its raid in the occupied West Bank [Getty]

The Israeli army carried out raids in the occupied West Bank at dawn on Wednesday, arresting two journalists and storming a university.

Israeli forces stormed the Birzeit University campus near Ramallah with at least six military vehicles after forcing the building’s security to open one of the gates, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

Translation: During their storming of the university campus, the occupation forces destroy and vandalise property at Birzeit University.

It was not immediately clear why they stormed the university.

In Hebron city, the Israeli army arrested journalists Muhammad al-Atrash and Amer Abu Arafa after storming and searching their homes, witnesses said.

Translation: Occupation forces arrested journalist Muhammad al-Atrash after raiding his house in the city of Hebron.

Translation: Family sources: Occupation forces arrest former prisoner and journalist Amer Abu Arafa after raiding his house in the city of Hebron.

Israeli forces carried out more arrests in several other towns and villages across the West Bank. Clashes were reported in several locations between soldiers and Palestinians but no deaths were reported.

Israel has stepped up its raids in the West Bank since the start of the war on Gaza on 7 October, the day Hamas carried out a surprise incursion into southern Israel, reportedly killing around 1,400 people and taking more than 200 others hostage.

At least 163 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since then in the West Bank, and more than 2,200 others have been detained.

In the Gaza Strip, unprecedented Israeli bombardment has killed over 10,000 people, most of them civilians and children.

Over 30 journalists have also been killed in Gaza amid reports of Israel targetting them.

On Tuesday evening, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said Israeli troops have entered Gaza City.