Israel detains 13 Palestinians from one town in West Bank raids

Israel detains 13 Palestinians from one town in West Bank raids
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27 December, 2022
Israeli forces turned a sports club upside down as they searched it during a raid on Silwad, a town close to Ramallah, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said.
Israeli troops detained 13 locals after a raid on Silwad, a town close to Ramallah, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said [Joel Carillet/Getty-file photo]

Israeli troops detained 13 Palestinians from just one town on Tuesday, with more than two dozen detained in total across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces turned a sports club upside down as they searched it during a raid on Silwad, a town close to Ramallah, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club (PPC) was reported as saying by Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa.

They also raided PPC chief Qaddoura Faris's home, looking for his son – who was not in. Unable to arrest him, they instead left a notice ordering him to attend an army base.

Locals were frightened and abused, and property was damaged, the PPC said.

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One man, aged 57, was seriously beaten and placed in handcuffs by Israeli forces who stormed his home, the advocacy group said.

The man, who confronted the troops, suffered fractured teeth. Israeli forces then arrested his son.

Another local said police dogs were set on his wife as their two children watched, wounding her hand.

The man's home has been stormed at least five times in 2022.

Israeli troops detained 13 locals after the raid on the town, while one more was taken from Beitin, another town near Ramallah.

Four were detained from Nablus, as were two brothers in Beit Iba, a village located close to the city.

In Jaba, close to the city of Jenin, two young people were detained, while Al-Dhahiriya town in Hebron province saw another two taken in.

After Israeli settlers, protected by police, tried to steal land in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighbourhood, three youths were detained.

Israeli forces routinely raid the West Bank, often with fatal consequences for Palestinians.

The frequency of raids has risen in 2022, particularly in Jenin and Nablus.

This year in the West Bank has been the deadliest for Palestinians since 2005.