Israel arrests 21 Palestinians in West Bank raids

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 21 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military.

The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities,” the army claimed in a Tuesday statement.

The statement, however, did not elaborate as to the meaning of “popular terrorist activities”.

According to the statement, the detained individuals have since been remanded into custody for further investigation.

Israel frequently conducts sweeping arrest campaigns across the occupied territories on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to Palestinian figures, some 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli prisons, including scores of women, some 350 minors and at least six lawmakers.