RAMALLAH, (PIC)– At least seven Palestinian civilians, including five minors, were rounded up by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at the Oyoun al-Haramiya checkpoint between Nablus and Ramallah on Monday at a time when Israeli courts extended prison-terms for some 41 political prisoners.
Palestinian human rights sources said the IOF captured the two brothers Jamil and Issa Ibrahim Awda after having stormed their family home in Bidya town, in Salfit.
The Israeli occupation troops arrested five minors, from al-Mazraa Al-Sharqiya, identified as Najdat Zein, 17, Muhammad Nafed Hijaz, 12, Nidhal Abdul Baki, 15, Imad Abdul Wahab, 16, and Abdul Basit Hijaz, 17
A mass arrest-campaign was launched by the Israeli occupation police and intelligence forces across Occupied Jerusalem, the same sources added.
Legal sources said the campaign, carried out amid total media blackout, has been targeting whole neighborhoods, including Sur Baher, Ras al-Amoud, and Shufa’at, where a round of assaults on the light rail have been documented on a daily basis despite the heavy deployment of Israeli special forces and occupation police at the main entrances to the city.
The sources further pointed out the dire detention circumstances endured by the Palestinian detainees of al-Mascoubiya jail, west of Occupied Jerusalem, including overcrowding and poor hygiene.
The number of Palestinians rounded up since the launch of the Israeli Gaza offensive was estimated, by the same sources, at 320 to 350 detainees.
In a related development, the Israeli military courts have extended the detention periods of at least 41 Palestinian citizens, locked up in different Israeli jails including Ofer, Petah Tikva, Mascoubiya, Salem and al-Jalama under the pretext of underway judicial and investigatory procedures, the Palestinian Prisoner Society reported in a statement Monday.
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