Jerusalem24 – Israeli forces Monday evening through Tuesday overnight detained at least 11 Palestinians, mostly from the city of East Jerusalem, according to security sources and witnesses.
They confirmed that Israeli police rounded up three Palestinians after assaulting them shortly before the Iftar time close to Bab Hutta, one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Police also rounded up another after stopping his vehicle while on his way for prayer at the mosque compound. The detainee was identified as a resident of Beit Hanina neighborhood.
This came as undercover Israeli forces, known as Mista’arvim, sneaked their way into Jabal al-Zeitoun neighborhood, and abducted three others during violent clashes.
In Bethlehem district, the sources confirmed an Israeli military raid in Husan village, West of the city, resulting in the detention of a Palestinian.
They added that Israeli soldiers cracked down on a rally at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city, detaining two and assaulted another. The 47-year-old casualty was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
In the northern West Bank, Israeli forces barged their way into Tubas city, where they detained a resident after ransacking his family house.
Israeli forces frequently raid Palestinian houses almost on a daily basis across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents.
These raids, which take place also in areas under the full control of the Palestinian Authority, are conducted with no need for a search warrant, whenever and wherever the military chooses in keeping with its sweeping arbitrary powers.
Under Israeli military law army commanders have full executive, legislative and judicial authority over 3 million Palestinians living in the West Bank. Palestinians have no say in how this authority is exercised.