Israeli forces have kidnapped a senior member of a Palestinian resistance group and six other Palestinians in overnight attacks across the occupied West Bank.
According to reports on Sunday, Israeli soldiers abducted Hassan Issa Shehadah of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) after ransacking his house near East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Clashes broke out between the soldiers and local Palestinian youth protesting the raid. Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.
The Israeli soldiers also abducted five Palestinians near the northern West Bank city of Nablus and one in the city of Bethlehem.
In a similar move on Thursday, Israeli regime forces attacked a group of Palestinian journalists who were holding a peaceful demonstration in the occupied West Bank in protest at Tel Aviv’s violations of their rights.
During the Thursday protest rally, the Palestinian journalists censured the regime in Tel Aviv for its abuses, degrading behavior and humiliation of journalists.
In March, Palestinian journalist Moussa al-Shaer said Israeli soldiers used him and his two colleagues as human shields during a demonstration in Bethlehem.
The Israeli military regularly raids houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, arresting activists and civilians, mostly without any charges. Many Palestinians remain under detention in Israeli prisons, where they are given minimal access to their basic rights.
Head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees Abdul-Nasser Ferwana said in February that the Tel Aviv regime is currently holding over 4,800 Palestinian inmates in seventeen prisons as well as detention and interrogation centers.