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Israeli army raids multiple cities in West Bank, detains tens of Palestinians

Raids, detentions carried out across cities of Jericho, Hebron, and Ramallah

Samar L. Kasim  | 23.10.2023 - Update : 23.10.2023
Israeli army raids multiple cities in West Bank, detains tens of Palestinians

RAMALLAH, Palestine

The Israeli army forces raided on Sunday night the West Bank cities of Jericho, Hebron, and Ramallah, among others, detaining tens of Palestinians, according to media reports.

The Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) said that the Israeli army stormed the city of Jericho from the northern entrance as well as the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, south of Jericho, and arrested six Palestinians from their homes in the camp.

WAFA said that the Israeli raid In Jericho, accompanied by a military bulldozer, was still ongoing at the time of reporting.

Israeli forces also arrested at least 11 Palestinians from the town of Bani Naim in southern Hebron after raiding and searching their homes, local sources said.

Military forces stormed the town of Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah, and arrested a number of Palestinians.

Local sources told WAFA that "the occupation forces raided a number of houses in the town and arrested a number of citizens, including Imad Ahmed Barghouti."

Other Palestinian media sources said that clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces during military raids in Nablus, Tulkarm and Jenin.

Earlier Sunday night, Palestinians marched in the city of Ramallah and in the Jalazone camp, north of Ramallah, in condemnation of the ongoing Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.

The West Bank is witnessing a wave of clashes and confrontations between Palestinians and the Israeli army as the Israeli operation intensifies and the humanitarian situation deteriorates in the Gaza Strip.

The conflict in Gaza, which is under Israeli bombardment since Oct. 7, began when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea, and air. It said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army continues to target Gaza with intensive airstrikes that have destroyed entire neighborhoods, killing 4,651 Palestinians, including 1,873 children and 1,023 women, and injuring 14,245, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.

An unknown number of people are also trapped under the rubble.

Meanwhile, more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel.

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