Israel launches wave of arrests against Palestinians
Israeli forces have engaged in a campaign of arrests and intimidation against Palestinians, including a Palestinian lawmaker and a Hamas official, across the West Bank.
Israeli military forces stormed the al-Am’ari refugee camp, located two kilometers south of al-Bireh in the central West Bank, early on Wednesday, and arrested Hamas leader Sheikh Hussein Abu Kwaik along with four young Palestinian men.
Clashes were also reported between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah. At least two Palestinians were injured in the clashes.
Elsewhere in the city of Abasan al-Kabira in the southern Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse a group of Palestinian protesters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Administrative detention orders
Meanwhile, Israeli officials have issued 38 new administrative detention orders against Palestinians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council as well as two former hunger strikers.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said on Tuesday that Israeli authorities ordered that Abd al-Jaber Fuqaha, a legislator affiliated with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, be remanded in custody for another three months.
Israeli troops arrested Fuqaha after raiding his house in the al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah on Monday. Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops “aggressively” beat up Fuqaha during the arrest attempt.