Israeli forces conduct additional arrests in vicinity of Ramallah

Israeli forces’ violent raids in Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah and Husan village near Bethlehem led to the arrest of eight Palestinians, including one woman.

According to the Wafa news agency, violent raids by Israeli forces in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah and the village of Husan near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank resulted in the arrest of at least eight Palestinians, including a woman.

In Jalazone camp, Israeli troops stormed the area with military vehicles and clashed with local youth. The forces fired live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, injuring one young Palestinian in the foot. During the operation, Israeli soldiers damaged numerous vehicles and climbed onto residents’ rooftops before arresting five individuals, as reported by Wafa.

Meanwhile, in the village of Husan, located 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) from Bethlehem, three more Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces during a separate raid, according to Wafa.

The violent raids and resulting arrests have further heightened tensions in the occupied West Bank, where confrontations between Israeli military forces and Palestinian residents have been ongoing.

Tensions have escalated across the occupied West Bank since Israel launched a deadly military offensive against the Gaza Strip last October, following an attack by the Palestinian group Hamas. The Israeli offensive has resulted in a staggering death toll, with more than 34,500 people killed in Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, at least 490 Palestinians have been killed, and over 4,900 others injured by Israeli army fire since the offensive began, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The situation has raised grave concerns, with Israel facing accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In an interim ruling in January, the ICJ ordered Israel to immediately halt any genocidal acts and take measures to ensure humanitarian assistance reaches civilians in Gaza.