Israeli forces have arrested at least 10 Palestinians in several locations within the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma’an News Agency.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that three males, all in their early 20s, were seized for “suspected illegal activity” in Beit Ummar, northern Hebron.
A spokesman of a local committee, Muhammed Awad, told Ma’an that the Israeli soldiers forced themselves into the detainees houses while they were sleeping. he also added that one of the detainee’s was assaulted during his detention.
Awad also noted that 127 Palestinians from Beit Ummar have been under arrest since the beggining of 2015, including 53 minors.
Three more Palestinians were seized in Jenin, northern West Bank. One of the detainees was found in possesion of “weaponry,” as two others were arrested for being “Hamas terror operatives,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
In addition, two other Palestinians from the town of al Eizariya, eastern Jerusalem were also arrested for “suspected activity.”
Israeli forces often seize Palestinians due to “security reasons” across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Addameer, Prisoner Support and Humans Rights Association reported that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been arrested at least once.
Currently there's an estimated 6,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, including nearly 200 minors.