Israeli forces detain eight Palestinians from West Bank


Israeli forces today and Wednesday evening detained at least eight Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank, according to local and security sources. They said that two Palestinians were detained as Israeli police cracked down on Palestinians inside Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound amid renewed settler intrusions this morning. Police also detained three others from the courtyards of the flashpoint site as they beefed up their deployments on Wednesday evening in anticipation of the settler intrusions. Police stormed the Jerusalem neighborhood of Batn al-Hawa in Silwan and indiscriminately opened fire towards local teenagers attempting to block their passage. No injuries were reported though. Still in Jerusalem district, Israeli forces Wednesday evening detained Deputy Director of the Waqf Department, Najeh Bkairat, after stopping him at the permanently-staffed Mazmuriyeh checkpoint, southeast of the occupied city. In Bethlehem district, the sources confirmed that two teens, aged 13 and 14, were abducted by Israeli soldiers from the vicinity of the eastern entrance of Aida refugee camp. Meanwhile, a Palestinian from the besieged Gaza Strip was detained in the vicinity of the border fence, east of Khan Younes. 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.