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Israeli forces arrest 6 Palestinians in several raids across West Bank

Israeli forces arrest a young Palestinian protester during confrontations in the Shu’fat refugee camp, East al-Quds, October 12, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have stormed Palestinian homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank, detaining six people.

Citing local sources, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Monday that the occupation soldiers had arrested two young Palestinians in the Shu’fat refugee camp and Silwan neighborhood, both situated in East Jerusalem.

A 23-year-old Palestinian was also taken into Israeli custody in the town of Beit Rima, northwest of the city of Ramallah, the report said.

It added that three more Palestinians were detained in the al-Khalil governorate, south of the West Bank.

Israeli forces regularly conduct violent raids on Palestinian towns in the West Bank to make arrests, prompting clashes with locals.

Recently, the Tel Aviv regime waged a two-day aerial and ground offensive against the city of Jenin and its refugee camp. At least 12 Palestinians were killed and 140 others injured during the aggression, which also damaged around 900 houses, with many now uninhabitable. 

‘Shocking destruction’

On Sunday, the deputy commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) expressed shock at the scale of destruction caused by the Israeli incursion.

“The destruction I saw was shocking. Some houses were completely burned down, cars had been crushed against walls, and roads were damaged. The UNRWA health center was destroyed,” Leni Stenseth said after a visit to the Jenin camp along with other UN officials and donor partners.

“But more than the physical damage, I saw the trauma in the eyes of camp residents who had witnessed the violence. I heard them speak about their exhaustion and fear.”  


She said that the visit to the Jenin refugee camp was meant “to show solidarity with residents and reassure them that they are not alone.”

Meanwhile, Adam Bouloukos, the director of UNRWA West Bank Field Office, said the delegation visited a classroom where students had buried one of their classmates a few days ago. 

“Children were shaken and shocked. Far from all students attended school today, as many of them were too afraid to leave their homes,” he said.

He noted that the priority is to “provide mental and psychosocial support” to the Palestinian children.

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