Israeli forces arrest 22 in latest West Bank raids as tensions soar

Since October 7, Israeli forces have conducted extensive raids throughout the occupied West Bank, resulting in a total of 9,125 arrests.

In a continuation of near-daily operations, Israeli forces have arrested 22 individuals in various raids across the West Bank. The arrests were primarily concentrated in the Jenin governorate, particularly in the town of Arrabeh, where earlier reports indicated that Israeli forces had opened fire on a vehicle. Additional arrests were made in the governorates of Hebron, Tulkarem, Ramallah and el-Bireh, Qalqilya, and Jericho.

Since October 7, Israeli forces have conducted extensive raids throughout the occupied West Bank, resulting in a total of 9,125 arrests. These operations have been met with significant local and international scrutiny, exacerbating already high tensions in the region.

In Gaza, Israel’s recent raid on the Nuseirat refugee camp has sparked widespread outrage and condemnation. The European Union has labelled the raid “a massacre,” following reports that the death toll has risen to 226, with over 400 individuals wounded, according to Gaza’s Government Media Office.

The raid has led to dire conditions at local hospitals, with Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza described by doctors as a “complete bloodbath.” Medics from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have reported that both Al-Aqsa and Nasser hospitals are overwhelmed by the influx of casualties.

Israeli forces claim to have rescued four captives held during the Nuseirat raid, although the operation has faced criticism due to the high number of civilian casualties. One Israeli officer was killed during the raid. Hamas’s military spokesman accused Israel of killing captives during the operation, though specifics regarding the circumstances or the number of casualties were not provided.

The ongoing conflict, which began on October 7, has resulted in devastating human loss. In Gaza, the death toll has reached at least 36,801, with 83,680 wounded. In Israel, the revised death toll from Hamas’s attacks stands at 1,139, with dozens of individuals still held captive in Gaza.