Israeli forces arrests 20 Palestinians in overnight raids across West Bank

Press TV- Israeli military forces have arrested nearly two dozen Palestinians during separate overnight operations across the occupied West Bank. 

The rights group Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said on Wednesday that Israeli military vehicles rolled into the northern West Bank city of Nablus, located approximately 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, and violently ransacked it before taking four Palestinians away to an unknown location.

Israeli soldiers also stormed the town of Tell, and detained two Palestinians there.

Moreover, three Palestinians were detained in the northwestern West Bank city of Tulkarm, one in al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, three in Jenin refugee camp and another in Hindaza village, located six kilometers southeast of Bethlehem.

Israeli troopers also arrested a Palestinian in Beit Fajjar town, situated eight kilometers south of Bethlehem, and another in Ramallah.

In the southern West Bank city of Halhul, located five kilometers (3.1 miles) north of al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces detained four Palestinians.

This file picture shows Palestinian prisoners in the yard of Israel’s Megiddo prison. (Photo by AFP)

More than 7,000 Palestinians are reportedly held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

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

Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.

According to reports, at least 13 Palestinian lawmakers are currently imprisoned in Israeli detention facilities. Nine of them are being held without trial under administrative detention.