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33 Palestinians Kidnapped by Israeli Occupation Forces in Tulkarem, Bethlehem, and Nablus

Israeli army kidnaps five teenagers from villages near Tulkarem

Monday March 10, 2008 14:58 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

The Israeli occupation army attacked several villages near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, abducting five teenagers on Monday at dawn.

Local sources stated that the Israeli occupation army searched and ransacked homes in the villages of Attel, Qafeen and Al-Sharawiah, all located near Tulkarem, before kidnapping five teenagers, takign them without charge ot an undisclosed detention center.

Locals identified the five as Abed Al-Raheem Daoud, 17, Mohamed Subuh, 16, from Qafeen village, Ala Ateil, 15, Muntasser Makhul, 15 and Samer Khazmu, 15, from the village of Ateel.

Bethlehem: Eight Palestinians including journalist kidnapped by Israeli army

Monday March 10, 2008 11:09 by Najeeb Faraj - IMEMC News

The Israeli occupation army invaded the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and the nearby town of Beit Sahour on Monday at dawn, kidnapping at least eight civilians, including a journalist.

At 4:00am on Monday, 10 army vehicles carrying at least 40 soldiers invaded the city of Bethlehem. Troops closed all exits from and entrance to the city. The campaign of abductions started in Dhehaishah refugee camp located in Bethlehem city, when troops stormed a number of homes and searched them, before kidnapping four civilians.

Among those four were the Palestinian journalist Hassan Abed Al-Jawad, 53. Abed Al-Jawaad is a member of the executive committee of the Palestinian Journalist's Association.

Local sources reported that the others kidnapped from Dheishah refugee camp were ; Nidal Abu Aker, 40, Shuhab Mizher, 33, Mohamed Al-Sajadi, 34.

Troops left Bethlehem and invaded the nearby town of Beit Sahour, where troops searched a number of homes and kidnapped Yousuf Al-Shumali, 44.

Al Doha village, to the west of Bethlehem, was also attacked on Monday. Troops ransacked a number of homes and kidnapped Ayied Hushiah, 36, who works as a teacher in a local school in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Awad and Audah Al-Hurami were taken from their homes, located in the southern suburbs of Bethlehem city.

Translated by: Ghassan Bannoura IMEMC News

Large-scale Israeli operation in Nablus ends with over 20 Palestinians kidnapped

Monday March 10, 2008 10:25 by Ameen Abu Wardeh

The Israeli occupation army has carried out a large-scale military operation across the Nablus area and its refugee camps, in the north of the West Bank, in the early hours of Monday morning. The operation ended with over 20 Palestinians abducted by Israeli army.

Sources reported at least 30 Israeli occupation military vehicles, reinforced by armored bulldozers, invaded the city from several directions, while opening heavy gunfire at residents homes, seemingly at random. Troops invaded homes, and damaged civilians' property before seizing at least 20 Palestinians.

Local sources said that the operation targeted the Al-'Ain and Askar al-Jadeed refugee camps. Among those abducted were Hatem al-Damouny, Marwan Hamdi and Anas Hasan.

The Popular Committee for Services in Al-'Ain refugee camp reported that the operation is considered the largest in the camp since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.

Translated by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News.

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