SALFIT (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided the Palestinian town of al-Zawiya west of Salfit in the central occupied West Bank Wednesday night, searching the homes of locals there.
Hani, a resident of the town, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided and searched several houses in the town, including the homes Ahmad Raja, Sari Sameeh Ghadban Firas, and Firas Adam.
He added that no detentions were made during the raid.
Hani said that Israeli forces have been repeatedly raiding the town in recent days, imposing closures and installing roadblocks, with the Israeli army accusing residents of the town of throwing rocks.
Al-Zawiya Mayor Naim Shqeir told Ma'an at the time that Israeli troops claimed the incursion was in response to youth from the village throwing Molotov cocktails at settler vehicles travelling on Israeli Highway 5.
Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis -- or of being affiliated with alleged Palestinian attackers -- face arbitrary punishments in the form of road closures and the sealing of entire villages, resulting in serious economic consequences and effects on mobility that rights group have labeled “collective punishment,” representing a clear violation of international law.