BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 12 Palestinians in detention raids on Wednesday across occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, with one violent raid erupting in clashes that left four Palestinians shot and injured.
Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, searched several houses, and detained two former prisoners Muataz Sharayaa and Yunis al-Zghari, both 25 years old.
Clashes broke out in the camp, with Israeli forces firing live ammunition toward demonstrators, causing the injury of four Palestinians.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the al-Duheisha raid, which came after rights groups have routinely denounced excessive force by the Israeli military and a wider policy of suppression of resistance of Palestinians, particularly in al-Duheisha refugee camp.
The spokesperson told Ma’an that “tens of rioters hurled rocks toward forces,” and that Israeli forces responded by opening fire with 0.22 caliber rounds “to prevent an escalation of violence,” after which “fores carried out wit the arrests as planned.”
In the nearby village of Husan southwest of Bethlehem, Israeli forces detained Muhammad Nabil al-Shaer after raiding and searching his family’s house, locals said. The army spokesperson confirmed one detention in Husan.
According to the Israeli army spokesperson, a Palestinian was also detained in the Ramallah area, while an alleged “Hamas operative” was detained in the village of Jaba in the central Jerusalem district.
During a raid into the northern occupied West Bank city of Qalqiliya, Israeli forces detained Adam Daoud, according to local sources. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed on detention in Qalqiliya.
Locals said that the Israeli army also raided Misliya south of Jenin city in the northern Nablus district, where they heavily fired tear gas and sound bombs before detaining 18-year-old Qasim Muhammad Abu al-Naim.
Meanwhile, in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, member of the local follow-up committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus said that Israeli police escorted by Israeli intelligence forces stormed the village on dawn, raided several houses, and detained four Palestinians identified as Muhammad Samer Mahmoud, Muhammad Alaa Mahmoud, Abd al-Fattah Abu Siyama, and Shakir Mustafa.
Abu al-Hummus said that since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in late May, Israeli forces have been raiding Issawiya every day, either around dawn or after dusk, when those observing Ramadan break their fast with the iftar meal.
Israeli forces have been heavily deployed throughout the neighborhood, and installed military checkpoints at its entrances where locals are routinely stopped and asked to present their ID.
An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment on the raid, though police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said in a written statement that one Palestinian was arrested overnight in the nearby Shufat refugee camp, beyond Israel’s illegal separation wall and within Israel’s municipal boundaries of Jerusalem.
He said that “during an overnight police operation” in Shufat, Israeli police stopped a “suspect vehicle,” in which police found a number of pipe bombs and subsequently detained the driver.
“During the operation police searched the area of Shufat and seized a number of weapons, magazines, and ammunition,” he added.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of May.