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4 Palestinians Assassinated in Bethlehem, 2 Die of Wounds in Gaza, 4 Kidnapped in Nablus by Israeli Occupation Forces Attacks

Four Palestinians assassinated in Bethlehem

Wednesday March 12, 2008 19:22 by IMEMC Staff

Four Palestinians were assassinated in Bethlehem by an under cover Israeli occupation force on Wednesday evening.

Palestinian medical sources reported that the four were identified as Mohammad Shehada, Imad el-Kamel, Issa Marzouk and Ahmad el-Balboul all from Bethlehem.

Israeli occupation troops wearing civilian clothes ambushed the four while driving a civilian car in a Bethlehem suburb, and killed them on the spot. The four are claimed to be wanted for the Israeli military.

Shihada, Marzouq and el-Kamel are said to be members of the Islamic Jihad while al-Balboul is said to be a Fatah member.

Marzouk is an elected member of the municipality of Bethlehem since May 2005, meanwhile Shihada ran for the Parliamentary elections of January 2006 as an independent candidate, but failed to reach the parliament.

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza, including one of earlier wounds

Wednesday March 12, 2008 13:15 by Rami Almeghari - IMEMC & Agencies

Two Palestinians have been reportedly killed in the Gaza Strip, one of them of wounds he sustained earlier during an Israeli army attack.

Ayman Mansour, 25, of the central Gaza Strip village of aL-Zawayda, was killed after an explosive device went off in him last night.

Mansour was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead early this morning.

In the meantime, medical sources announced that Aref Doghmosh, of his twenties, of the Shati refugee camp in central Gaza City, has died of wounds he sustained last week, after the Israeli army shelled a Hamas-dominated government's police station.

The Israeli occupation army carried out a series of deadly attacks on Gaza last week, involving ground offensives, air strikes and tanks shelling, claiming the lives of at least 100 Palestinians , many of them were civilians. 

Gaza: Elderly woman dies of wounds sustained in Israeli air attacks last week

Tuesday March 11, 2008 16:15 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Palestinian medical sources in Gaza reported that the an elderly Palestinian woman died on Tuesday after succumbing to wounds she sustained last week during an Israeli air raid targeting her family home.

Aliah Al-Sumairi, 70, from Khan Younis town in the southern part of the Gaza Strip sustained multiple wounds when Israeli jet fighters fired several missiles at her son Yousif outside their family home.

Yousuf, a leader in the al-Quds brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, was coming to visit his sick mother at her home when an Israeli jet fighter attacked him.

A three-week old baby, his niece, was also killed in the attack.

In a similar story, on Monday evening, a Palestinian man, Ala Atallah, 26, died of wounds he sustained last week when Israeli jet fighters shelled his family home in Gaza city.

Six members of Attallah family were killed in the attack. Atallah was sent to Egypt for treatment several days ago, but was announced dead on Monday evening.

Four kidnapped in a Pre-dawn invasion into Nablus

Tuesday March 11, 2008 14:43 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

The Israeli occupation army invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus and some nearby villages on Tuesday at dawn, and kidnapped four civilians.

Local sources reported that troops searched and ransacked homes in the villages of Zwita, Bita and Asirah Al Samaliyiah.

Troops kidnapped three men during the invasion which targeted the three villages.

Local sources identified the kidnapped residents as; Hafeth Iliwi, 24, from Zwita village, Khaled Salah, from Beita village and Osama Yassen, from Asirah Al Samaliyia.

Meanwhile Firas Yaesh was kidnapped by the army when troops searched homes located in Nablus city.

Soldiers also invaded the nearby Al-'Ain refugee camp and searched homes; no kidnappings were reported.

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