Israel forces detain 17 Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli security forces have detained at least 17 Palestinians during separate overnight operations across the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military said that the arrests were made late Monday and early Tuesday in different areas of the cities of Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem and al-Khalil.

Seven members of the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas were among the detainees.

Tel Aviv accused the detainees of taking part in “unorganized violence and disturbances” against Israeli settlers and security forces, according to Israeli media.

Israeli forces regularly attack Palestinian homes and kidnap individuals in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

In recent months, Israeli forces have intensified their crackdown on Palestinians by raiding their homes and putting them behind bars, based on the so-called administrative detention policy.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

Thousands of Palestinians are held in Israeli jails without clear charges. There are reportedly over 7,000 Palestinians in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps.


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