At dawn today, Wednesday 23 March, Israeli occupation forces launched another round of arrests across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, or al-Quds as it is known in Arabic.
40 Palestinians were targeted, including two university students in Nablus, in the north of the West Bank.
Occupation soldiers raided the family homes of Aida Ammar al-Masry and Amna Bilal Shtayyeh, before arresting them. Both are students at An-Najah University.
Israeli military units stormed the village of Madama, south of Nablus, and arrested Youssef Wajih Qatt and Ghaith Amer Nassar, after raids on their respective homes.
In the village of Fahmeh, near Jenin, in the north of the west bank, occupation forces stormed the home of Majdi Nawasra and arrested him. Another Palestinian citizen, Subhi al-Qunairi, from Yabad, was also arrested.
In the Tulkarm Governorate, arresstees include Islam al-Aboudi, Islam al-Aswad, Ahmed Abu Jbara, and two recently-released detainees, Hatem Faqha and his son Qassam, after their home in the town of Kafr al-Labad was raided. Another son of Faqha’s, Mohammed, is currently a serving prisoner.
Other arrestees from the governorate are Ubadah Shedeed, Omar Shadeed and Muhammad al-Mallah, all from the town of Alaar, and Ali al-Aboshi, from the town of Kafr Abush.
In the town of Abu Dis, east of al-Quds, Israeli forces arrested Nafez Jaffal, Mahmoud Jafal, Nader Jaffal, Muhammad Lafi, Mahdi Afana, Muhammad Halabiya, Muhammad Ayyad, Abdullah Abu Sabeitan, Amr Jaffal, Omar Makharza, and Muhammad Salah Saqr.
Recently, occupation forces have engaged in such raids and arrests on a daily basis across the occupied West Bank and al-Quds.
Over the past year, approximately 8,000 Palestinians, including more than 1,300 minors and 184 women, have been arrested. The number of “administrative detention” orders, meaning detention without trial, has reached 1,595.
As of February this year, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons is approximately 4,400, according to Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups.