IOF raid Qalqilya in the West Bank, detain local youth

Local sources report that the IOF invading units used a Palestenian detainee as a human shield during confrontations with the local resistance groups.

  • Israeli Occupation Forces are seen during a raid in the Tulkarem refugee camp, West Bank, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2024 (AP)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched large-scale raids and detainment campaigns in various areas of the West Bank on Wednesday morning, primarily targeting the homes of the families of martyrs.

Local media sources informed Al Mayadeen, that IOF detained a young man near the campus of the Open University in Qalqilya, and another on Street 22 as part of an ongoing arrest campaign that persisted for five hours. Additionally, an IOF unit was deployed near the campus. 

The IOF were spread across rooftops and streets of the city of Qalqilya in the West Bank. Local sources described Qalqilya as being a hotspot, with confrontations between the locals and raiders persisting for about two hours.

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Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Qalqilya announced that its fighters were able to confront the occupation forces and their military vehicles that invaded the city, using machine guns and IEDs.

In Beit Lahm, the IOF raided the Dheisheh Refugee Camp early this morning. Sources reported that the occupation forces arrested two women and four young men from there.

The sources added that more than 20 occupation military vehicles were employed in the invasion of the Qalandia refugee camp in the morning, leading to the arrest of two young men.

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During the raid into the camp, local sources reported that the IOF invading units used Moaz “al-Koushi” Zahran from the Qalandia camp as a human shield during confrontations with the local resistance fighters. 

Additionally, it was mentioned that IOF were protecting settlers carrying out acts of sabotage in Masafer Yatta near al-Khalil.

Fighters from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Nablus engaged in intense armed confrontations with invading IOF units that invaded the Asker military camp east of Nablus. The confrontations involved heavy gunfire and explosive devices.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades also announced that they executed a shooting operation targeting an IOF patrol on Highway 60 in the vicinity of Beit Hanoun east of al-Khalil. Afterward, the fighters withdrew safely to their bases after the operation.

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