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Israeli regime keeps up arrest, demolition spree across West Bank

A file photo of Israeli forces

The Israeli regime keeps up its arrest and demolition spree across the occupied West Bank, amid ongoing clashes between the regime’s forces and Palestinians in the flashpoint neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Reporting on Tuesday, the Quds News Network, which is based in the occupied Palestinian territories, said the forces had rounded up as many as 18 Palestinians across the territories over the space of the past 24 hours.

It identified one of the arrestees as Abdul-Jabbar Jarrar, an official with the Hamas resistance group, which is headquartered in the Tel Aviv-blockaded Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip.

The raid leading to Jarrar’s arrest was conducted by Israeli forces, some of them in disguise, against the official’s home in the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

The news network, meanwhile, reported that Israeli bulldozers had launched a demolition campaign in the Massafer Yatta area, which is located south of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in southern West Bank.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA described the targets as “agricultural structures.”

Tensions have flared across the Palestinian territories since Sunday, when Israeli forces and illegal settlers renewed their attacks against Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, located in occupied East al-Quds.

Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by the Israeli police on the Palestinians protesting against the threatened expulsion of dozens of families from their homes in favor of extremist Israeli settler groups.

Since Israel seized East al-Quds in a 1967 war, Israeli settler organizations have claimed ownership of land in Sheikh Jarrah and have filed multiple lawsuits to evict Palestinians from the area.

This is while, most of the international community considers the Israeli settlement structures to be illegal under the international law due to their construction on occupied territory.

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