| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

After releasing imprisoned Palestinians, Israel detains dozens in West Bank raids

Even with the truce being prolonged and the release of numerous imprisoned Palestinians, Israel conducted raids in multiple West Bank neighborhoods and apprehended several individuals, as reported by Al Arabiya on Tuesday. The report states that hundreds of young men were detained in the West Bank.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Israeli forces stormed the towns of Beitunia and Kafr Ain, west of Ramallah, and shot two young men, Al Arabiya said.

They died shortly after from their injuries, the report added.

Israel has detained more than 3,200 Palestinians in the West Bank since October 7, the Palestinian Commission for Detainees and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs said.

The majority of those arrested were taken from their homes or while at Israeli checkpoints, Al Arabiya reported.

Outside Israel’s Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces fired tear gas at dozens of Palestinians who had gathered to await the release of dozens of women and children, the report said.

Thirty-three Palestinians – 30 children and three women – were released from the prison and a detention center in Jerusalem in exchange for the release of hostages taken by Hamas on October 7.
Violence against Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli forces and settlers has spiked in the aftermath of the attacks.

The intensified violence in the territory follows more than a year of escalating raids and arrests in the West Bank. Before the Hamas assault, 2023 was already the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in over two decades.

Israel-Hamas truce
The Israel-Hamas truce in the Gaza Strip stretched into a fifth day on Tuesday as the two sides completed the release of Israeli hostages and detained Palestinians.

The two sides looked poised to free more as the pause in fighting was extended by two days.
Israel said 11 Israelis had returned to the country from the Gaza Strip on Monday, bringing to 69 the total of Israeli and foreign hostages the militant group has freed since Friday under the truce.

The White House and Qatari negotiators said on Monday the original four day pause in fighting, due to expire at 0500 GMT on Tuesday, had been extended for two more days.

Israel has not commented on any agreement to extend the truce but, in what may be an implicit confirmation, the Israeli prime minister’s office said the government approved the addition of 50 women who had been imprisoned to its list of Palestinians for potential release if additional Israeli hostages are freed.

Israel previously said it would extend the truce by one day for every 10 more hostages released, providing some respite from the war.

Israel’s government has received a list of hostages who are expected to be released on Tuesday, Israel’s Army Radio reported, citing the Israeli prime minister’s office.

The Axios news website reported the list contained 10 hostages. There was no immediate comment from the prime minister’s office.

  • alarabiya