Alwaght- Israeli regime forces have kidnapped 92-year-old Palestinian, Ali Moustafa al-Wahsh, in Beit Lahm's (Bethlehem) southern town of al-Khader, in the occupied West Bank.
Al-Wahsh’s son, Ahmed, told Palestinian Information Centre that an Israeli military patrol broke into their home in al-Balou’ area, in al-Khader, at 05:00 a.m. Wednesday and ransacked the building before they forced the inhabitants out.
The son added that his father was kidnapped by the occupation forces during the home raid and dragged to the Kiryat Arbaa detention center.
The Israeli regime troops seized al-Wahsh’s personal gun which he uses during his work and following the consent of the Palestinian Authority.
Al-Wahsh is known as a consensus figure throughout the occupied West Bank. He is often consulted to work out local issues, particularly family disagreements.
Al-Wahsh has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has 18 sons and over 100 grandsons.
In a related development, Israeli regime forces at dawn Wednesday raided several homes and kidnapped Palestinian citizens during campaigns in different West Bank areas.
The regime's army confirmed that it arrested 17 wanted Palestinians in the West Bank and transferred them to interrogation centers.
Local sources, however, said that the Israeli forces raided several homes in al-Khalil city, Yatta city and Beit Ummar town (north of al-Khalil) and kidnapped four citizens.
More than 7,000 Palestinians are being held at notorious Israeli regime jails. Hundreds of the inmates have apparently been incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.
Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to eleven years. Palestinian inmates regularly stage hunger strikes in protest at the administrative detention policy and their harsh prison conditions in Israeli jails.