Israeli military forces have reportedly arrested four correspondents from a Palestinian television channel affiliated to the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, as they carried out overnight search and detention operations across the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said seven Palestinians, including four journalists of the Arabic-language al-Quds television network, were detained when Israeli forces broke into dozens of homes in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, in the early hours of Monday.
The rights group identified them as Alaa al-Rimawi, Muhammad Ulwan, Qutaiba Hamdan, and Husni Abed al-Jalil Injas.
The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate said two vehicles were seized in addition to equipment, including a television camera.
The Israeli military said in a statement that clashes broke out during the arrest raid, and soldiers “responded with riot dispersal means.”
Those arrested “were suspected of incitement and involvement in the Hamas-backed al-Quds television channel,” the statement added.