Dozens arrested overnight in West Bank raids
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Dozens arrested overnight in West Bank raids

Twelve accused of throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at security forces, another 14 suspected of involvement in terror activities

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers during clashes in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on December 31, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers during clashes in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on December 31, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Security forces arrested 26 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank late Sunday and early Monday.

The 26 were held on suspicion of participating in violent riots in recent weeks or involvement in terror-related activities, the IDF said in a statement.

Twelve alleged rioters were suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at IDF soldiers during violent demonstrations that flared up after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians.

Another 14 Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of involvement in unspecified terror-related activities targeting security forces and Israeli civilians. The suspects were all taken away for questioning.

An IDF soldier was lightly injured Sunday when he was struck by a rock during clashes that broke out during an arrest raid in the southern West Bank, the army said.

The soldier required medical treatment for his injuries.

IDF soldiers clash with Palestinians in Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on December 31, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Israeli forces carry out nightly raids in the West Bank to arrest suspects alleged to be involved in rock throwing, rioting and what it terms as terror activity.

Recent weeks have seen an uptick in violence following the December 6 announcement by Trump that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian leaders have called for “day of rage” protests on Fridays, including weekly protests along the Gaza border fence and West Bank hotspots.

In an address December 6 from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

However, the move infuriated Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Israel says Jerusalem is its unified capital.

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