Posted by Jerusalem Post on June 1, 2018 12:33:17The Israeli military on Sunday evening raided the homes of several Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus in an operation that took place on a Friday afternoon, an army statement said.
In addition to three people living in a home in the Qalqilya area, the army raided a home and a house in the al-Mazzeh neighborhood in the eastern part of the city, according to the statement.
It was not immediately clear what the aim of the raid was, but it comes as the Israeli military has launched several incursions in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, sparking fears that it is escalating tensions between the two sides.
Israel says the recent incursions are aimed at thwarting incitement by Palestinians, and that it will continue to act with “calmness” against those who threaten Israeli security and sovereignty.
On Sunday, the Israeli army said it had conducted a raid on a house and a home of Palestinian man Ziad al-Khatib, 28, in the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank, and on another home and house in Beit Sahour in the southern West Bank.
The Israeli army says it has launched a number of incursions against Palestinians in recent weeks, with some of the incursions targeting Palestinian infrastructure in East Jerusalem and Nablu.
On June 1 the Israeli police arrested a man and woman in a raid in the Beit Lahiya neighborhood in East al-Furqan in the central West Bank in which they allegedly planted a knife in the house of a man, injuring him.
In October, the military demolished a home owned by a member of the same family in the Nablum neighborhood of Nabi Saleh in the east of the occupied city.
In June, an Israeli army patrol entered a home belonging to two Palestinian men and detained them, then proceeded to demolish the home, which was in fact the home of a father and son, a military statement said on Sunday.
In a separate incident, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to a father of two, then arrested him and later released him.