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Israeli occupation forces invade Jenin, Qalqilia, Aqaba, & Tuqua, meet resistance & stones

Israeli occupation forces invade West Bank village, occupy Palestinian houses

Date: 14 / 03 / 2008  Time:  12:17
Bethlehem Ma'an -

Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Tuqua, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, occupied several houses on Friday morning.

Witnesses said that six Israeli occupation military vehicles and a number of infantry soldiers entered the neighborhood near the municipal government building. Soldiers took up positions on the roofs of houses, including a house belonging to resident Jamil Al-Amour.

While on top of the houses, Israeli occupation soldiers blew up residential water tanks, witnesses said.

Stone-throwing Palestinian youths confronted the soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets.

Israeli occupation troops also prevented worshippers from attending prayer services at local mosques.

Israeli occupation forces invade Aqaba, threatening to demolish houses

Date: 14 / 03 / 2008  Time:  14:42
Jenin Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces invaded the West bank town of Aqaba, near Tubas, threatening to demolish Palestinian houses.

Municipal council chair Sami Sadeq said that the Israeli forces stormed the town and closed the eastern entrance of the town deployed troops in streets throughout the town.

Sami Sadeq added that the Israeli occupation troops threatened to demolish the houses built without hard-to-obtain construction permits.

Israeli occupation forces invade Jenin and surrounding area

Date: 14 / 03 / 2008  Time:  14:20
Jenin Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces invaded the West Bank city of Jenin and the nearby town of Arraba before dawn on Friday.

Local sources said that more than 15 military vehicles invaded Jenin and the surrounding refugee camps, forcibly searching Palestinians' homes amid a gunfire and sound grenades.

The Israeli occupation troops were searching for "wanted" Palestinian activists, though none were arrested.

Hamas fighters confront Israeli occupation forces in Qalqilia

Date: 14 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:53
Bethlehem Ma'an

Palestinian fighters confronted Israeli occupation forces that invaded the West Bank city of Qalqilia at dawn on Friday, Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades said.

The Brigades said that their activists engaged in violent clashes with Israeli occupation forces on Nablus Street. Israeli occupation forces reportedly raided several private homes after invading the town from several directions.

The Al-Qassam Brigades accused Israel of attempting to transfer a policy of aggression from Gaza to the West Bank.

Israelis concerned about renewed shooting attacks in Gilo

Date: 14 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:34
Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation police are concerned about the possibility of renewed shooting by Palestinian fighters from the Palestinian town of Beit Jala into the Israeli settlement Gilo, south of Jerusalem after Israeli forces gunned down four fighters in neighboring Bethlehem on Wednesday.

Senior Jerusalem police officers toured Gilo on Thursday night and gave instructions on how to respond to new shooting, Israeli media reported.

Emergency services in the southern parts of Jerusalem have been put on a heightened state of alert.

During the first years of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, Gilo was exposed to almost daily attacks from the Palestinian resistance, so that a number of Israeli residents displaced, usually to locations inside Israel's 1949 borders.

Qassam Brigades clash with IOF troops in Qalqilya

[ 14/03/2008 - 12:28 PM ]


Resistance fighters affiliated with the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas clashed with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during an IOF incursion, at dawn Friday, into the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya.

The clashes took place at Nablus street and the Brigades said in a statement on Friday that its fighters were confronting the invading troops in an attempt to defend the Palestinian people against "this barbaric Zionist holocaust which the enemy is bringing to the West Bank after the Gaza Strip."

The Brigades further said: "We, in the Qassam Brigades, stress our right to defend our people in the face of usurping Zionists and we find it strange that Abbas's security agencies in the West Bank carry out campaigns of arrest and pursue resistance fighters during the day while the occupation forces carry out the same task at night in a very naked collaboration and unprecedented security coordination with the murderers of our people."

The number of IOF incursions into West Bank cities, villages and refugee camps has risen to an unprecedented level in the light of security coordination between the occupation forces and Abbas's security agencies.

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