Israel detains dozens of Palestinians, including teenagers, in West Bank raids

Israel detains dozens of Palestinians, including teenagers, in West Bank raids
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29 October, 2018
Israeli forces raided refugee camps and families homes and detained dozens of Palestinians, including minors in the early hours of Monday.
Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]
Israeli forces detained dozens of Palestinians, including children early Monday morning during overnight raids.

The raids, which left 21 Palestinians detained were carried out across different parts of the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), when Israeli forces stormed homes and refugee camps.

Two teenage siblings, aged 14 and 15 were taken by Israel in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Their father, Bassam Abu Aker, had previously served 20 years in Israeli prisons.

Three others from Bethlehem were detained when Israel raided Tuqu' town, south of the city.

In Hebron, two brothers were detained after Israeli forces broke into a family house in the city. Two others, including a 15-year-old teenager, were taken by Israel when raids continued in the wider district.

Homes of refugees were also raided in Jenin refugee camp, where Israel detained three Palestinians after breaking into their families' homes.

Across the wider Jerusalem district, Israeli police conducted a number of raids including Anata town, detaining four Palestinians.

Two Palestinians were taken from Ramallah after Israeli police stormed their families' homes in Beit Rima town, northwest of the city, along with three others being taken from al-Bireh district.

Israel regularly raids villages in the West Bank despite the area being under Palestinian control. 

Palestinians see the West Bank, seized by Israel in the 1967 war, to be part of a future state but Israel still maintains security control over the area. 

More than 40 percent of the Palestinian male population have been detained at some point by Israeli military forces since the year 2000, rights groups say.