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Cancer-stricken patient, minors among 13 detained by Israel in West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces block a street amid clashes following a demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on October 24, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have detained 13 Palestinians in several areas across the occupied West Bank and al-Quds, including two children and a cancer patient.

On Monday, the Israeli troops arrested a teacher battling cancer in al-Bireh city in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, according to the Palestinian Wafa news agency.

Scores of Israeli soldiers also stormed al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah, and detained another Palestinian.

In Salfit Province, Israeli soldiers detained two 10-year-old children after raiding their houses in the town of Zawiya.

Three other Palestinians were arrested in the flashpoint town of Beita, south of Nablus.

Since May, Beita has seen intensified clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting against a settlement outpost that has been established on Sobeih Mountain by settlers under the protection of Israeli forces.

Also on Monday, Israeli troops detained two young men in Jenin Province, including a former prisoner, who was also physically assaulted by the soldiers.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops stormed a house in al-Khalil (Hebron) City, detaining a man in his twenties.

The other three detentions were reported in al-Quds on Monday.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank under the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held in Israeli jails. Hundreds have been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which allows holding Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have even been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years.

Israel occupied east al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip — territories the Palestinians want for their future state — during the six-day Arab-Israeli war in 1967. It later had to withdraw from Gaza.


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