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Israeli forces kidnap Palestinian teenager as troops storm school district in West Bank

Undercover Israeli agents have abducted a Palestinian teenager in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, while regime forces stormed an area in the West Bank to demolish a newly constructed school there.

The teenager, identified as Saber Abu Nab, was forcibly taken away from a street in Silwan district, south of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem al-Quds, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Sunday.

Witnesses and local residents said that the teenager was physically assaulted and savagely beaten before being bundled into an Israeli military vehicle.

In recent months, Israeli forces have frequently raided the houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, arresting dozens of people, who are then transferred to Israeli prisons, where they are kept without any charges.

The circumstances surrounding the kidnappings remain unknown, although Israelis carry out such swoops customarily.

Israel holds more than 7,000 Palestinians in its jails. Most of the prisoners are being held with no indictment or trial, under a controversial policy known as “administrative detention.”

In addition, Israeli troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking international condemnation.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized the Tel Aviv regime for its shoot-to-kill policy as a large number of the Palestinians killed at the scene of the alleged attacks did not pose serious threats to Israelis.

In another incident on Sunday, Israeli forces stormed al-Maleh area in the northern Jordan Valley and photographed a school, seen as a prelude to demolishing the building.

The Israeli military last month reportedly notified local officials of its intent to raze the school.

The school, which was built about two months ago with funding from an international organization, provides elementary education for children from the Bedouin community.

Israeli authorities claim the structures that are demolished have been built without permits.

They also sometimes order Palestinians to tear down their own homes or pay demolition costs to the municipality.

The United Nations has censured the regime for carrying out repeated demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian houses being demolished given the current era of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many believe the controversial demolition measures adopted by Israel are aimed at expelling more Palestinians from the West Bank.

Tensions have been mounting between Israelis and Palestinians in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

The occupied territories are already reeling from former US President Donald Trump’s announcement of his decision on December 6, 2017 to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s ‘capital’ and relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

Israel was created in 1948 after a Western-backed military seizure of vast expanses of Arab territories.

In 1967, it occupied the entire West Bank, including East al-Quds, following full-frontal military operations. Israel later annexed the territories.

Upon annexation, it also began propping up settlements, which the international community deems illegal due to their construction on occupied land.

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