Israeli Forces Storm Palestinian Neighborhoods in Ramallah
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Heavy clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians after Israeli troops stormed several Palestinian neighborhoods in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Scuffles broke out during the early hours of Tuesday as Israeli soldiers stormed the neighborhoods to arrest a number of Palestinians.
At least four Palestinians charged with taking part in anti-Israel demonstrations were abducted by the Israeli forces in the raid.
Israeli soldiers also informed several Palestinians in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) that their houses would be destroyed, Press TV reported.
Israeli troops have been carrying out similar raids in the occupied territories on an almost daily basis. The raids have intensified since the deadly war on the Gaza Strip in July last year.
The Israeli regime holds more than 7,000 Palestinians in its prisons. A Palestinian human rights organization says Israel is currently holding 540 Palestinians without trial.
The Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies said on last September that the number of Palestinians in Israeli administrative detention is the highest since 2008.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charges that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Tensions have lately been running high in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the desecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli troops and the recent killing of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein.