Israel detains 20 Palestinians in West Bank city of Nablus
KONFRONTASI - Israeli troops have detained 20 people in the northern West Bank over claims that they were members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
On Sunday, the Tel Aviv regime claimed that the those detained were planning a "serious attacks" against Israeli targets in Nablus city.
The arrests demonstrate once again the will and efforts of Hamas to put in place terrorist infrastructure to commit attacks in Israel," claimed Israeli internal spying service the Shin Bet.
On May 12, Israeli military forces arrested more than a dozen Palestinians, including prominent writer and political analyst Ahmad Qatamish, during separate overnight operations across the occupied West Bank.
More than 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, dozens of whom are serving multiple life sentences.
Over 500 detainees are under the so-called administrative detention, which is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months, extendable an infinite number of times.
Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years without any charges brought against them.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express their outrage at the detentions.]PTV]