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Israeli Occupation Forces Kidnap 2 Palestinians in Hebron, a Teenager in Bethlehem, and Attempt to Kidnap a 10-Year-Old Boy in Burqa

The Israeli military invades a village in the northern West Bank, attempts to kidnap a child

Saturday March 15, 2008 15:57 by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC News

Palestinian media sources reported on Saturday that the Israeli occupation army invaded the village of Burqa, near Nablus in the West Bank, on Friday evening and tried to kidnap a 10 year old boy.

Witnesses told the media that at least 5 Israeli occupation military jeeps invaded the village of Burqa on Friday evening.  They also stated that the Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire and searched homes.

Among the homes searched was the house of Abed Saif, who was killed by the Israeli occupation forces last year.  After searching the house, soldiers tried to kidnap Saif's son, Khalil, age 10.

Saif's family intervened, stopping the soldiers from kidnapping the child.  During the attempted operation, soldiers fired tear gas and used sound bombs against local youth protesting the invasion.  The youths responded by hurling stones at the soldiers, no injuries were reported.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap two Palestinian brothers near Hebron
Date: 16 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:02

Hebron Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces kidnapped two Palestinian brothers in the early hours of Sunday morning from the southern West Bank town of Taffuh, south of Hebron.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an's reporter that Israeli occupation forces raided the town from the west and besieged a residential block belonging to the Zreiqat family.

Thirty residents were evacuated from the building as it was inspected. The two brothers, 21-year-old Tariq and 18-year-old Bara' Zreiqat, were then kidnapped.

Israeli occupation forces kidnap Palestinian in Bethlehem
Date: 16 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:32

Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces on Sunday morning kidnapped a Palestinian teenager from Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that several Israeli occupation military vehicles stormed the city and ransacked the home belonging to Barakat Shakhtur in the Al-Saf neighborhood in the centre of Bethlehem. They proceeded to arrest 17-year-old Ammar Shakhtur.

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