Israeli army rounds up 12 Palestinians in W. Bank raids

By Abdel Raouf Arnaout

JERUSALEM (AA) – Israeli army forces rounded up 12 Palestinians from their homes in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to an Israeli military statement released Thursday.

The Palestinians were detained for what the army described as “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the statement claimed without elaborating on the nature of said “activities”.

The detained Palestinians have since been remanded into custody for further investigation, according to the same statement.

The Israeli army 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, roughly 350 minors, and at least six lawmakers.