Israeli forces arrest Palestinians in multiple raids across West Bank on 'Martyrs' Day'
Israeli forces detained a number of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank early on Saturday, as Palestinians marked "Martyrs’ Day".
At the southern entrance of Jericho, a child was seriously injured after reportedly being shot in the head by Israeli forces during confrontations with locals on Friday evening.
Soldiers arrested two men during a raid in Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. They are the father and cousin of Bilal al-Barghouthi, who Israeli forces are searching for.
Four other men were arrested in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, after clashes with residents which involved stun grenades and tear gas.
للمرة الرابعة خلال أسبوع..الاحتلال يقتحم بلدة بيت ريما ويعتقل سامر البرغوثي والد المطارد بلال البرغوثي، وابن شقيقه محمد البرغوثي، ويصادر هواتف أفراد العائلة، ويحطم محتويات المحل التجاري الخاص بسامر. pic.twitter.com/h1OsrEk2OF— Diala (@Dialarimpal) January 7, 2023
تغطية صحفية: إصابات باعتداء الاحتلال على الفلسطينيين في مسافر يطا بالخليل. pic.twitter.com/egNQDMhOHz— شبكة قدس الإخبارية (@qudsn) January 7, 2023
Israeli soldiers also stormed the city of Jenin and deployed in multiple locations, including the outskirts of the town’s refugee camp.
They reportedly withdrew shortly after.
In Al-Arroub camp, south of Bethlehem, clashes also took place between young men and Israeli forces.
Palestinians allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at an Israeli watchtower in the camp, according to a video widely shared on social media.
مصادر محلية: "إلقاء زجاجات حارقة تجاه البرج العسكري لجيش الاحتلال قرب مخيم العروب شمال الخليل". pic.twitter.com/dYaW75M7AZ— الجرمق الإخباري (@aljarmaqnet) January 6, 2023
On Thursday, Israeli forces killed 16-year-old Amer Abu Zeitoun in the West Bank city of Nablus after clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters known as Lions’ Den.
Earlier in the week, 15-year-old Adam Essam Shaker Ayyad was also killed in Bethlehem
Last month, the United Nations said 2022 had been the deadliest year in the occupied West Bank since its records began in 2005, with more than 150 Palestinians killed and dozens more detained.
The inauguration last week of the most right-wing government in Israel's history has sparked fears of a military escalation in Occupied Palestinian Territories.