Today, Wednesday, Israeli occupation forces attacked and arrested several cities and towns in the occupied West Bank, amid clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters.
Following their withdrawal this morning, the occupation forces again attacked Tulkarm city and the Nur Shams camp, and sent large military reinforcements in occupation vehicles from the western axis of the city, and surrounded a house in the Dam neighborhood. An outbreak of violent confrontation between young men and occupation soldiers, who opened heavy fire, while… The occupation has tightly closed all entrances to the camp, prohibiting entry or exit from it.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported earlier today that a bomb in the Tulkarm camp injured 3 people.
The occupation also raided the Wadi al-Fara area south of Tubas with several military patrols, and military reinforcements were sent with a bulldozer from the Hamra military post, amid violent clashes between youth and occupation forces.
In the al-Harayek area, south of Hebron city, more than ten military vehicles and a large number of occupation forces raided the area, deploying around main roads and civilians' homes, and disrupting their movement. Occupation forces also established a military checkpoint around Harmony Hall in the village of Kharsa, south of Hebron, and stopped and searched civilian vehicles.
In the city of Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem, occupation forces demolished the foundation of a house under construction belonging to a Palestinian civilian under the pretext of not having a permit.
In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of Israeli occupation police. Eyewitnesses reported that dozens of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, conducting provocative tours and performing Talmudic rituals in its courtyards.
Occupation police deployed at the gates of the Old City and Al-Aqsa Mosque also prevented civilians from entering, reducing the number of worshipers for the fifth consecutive month.
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Meanwhile, the Prisoner and Former Prisoner Affairs Authority and the Palestinian Prisoner Club said in a joint statement that the number of Palestinian detainees has risen to 6,900 after Israeli forces arrested 35 Palestinians, including former prisoners, from October 7, 2023. During the attack on several governors last night.
Both institutions said the total number of arrests included those who were arrested from homes, through military checkpoints, those who were forced to surrender under pressure, and those who were taken hostage.
The commission and the club said arrest operations were concentrated in the governorates of Ramallah (centre), Nablus, Jenin, Tubas and Tulkarm in the northern West Bank and Hebron (south).
The same statement said that the arrests were accompanied by vandalism and ransacking of civilians' homes, in addition to severe beatings against detainees and their families and confiscation of money.
Since the beginning of its devastating war on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military has intensified its operations in the West Bank, killing 383 Palestinians and wounding nearly 4,400, according to official Palestinian sources.