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75-Year-Old Palestinian Killed, 28 Kidnapped, Several Cities Terrorized by Israeli Occupation Forces

Elderly Palestinian man shot dead in Qalqilia
Date: 18 / 03 / 2008  Time:  16:15


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Qalqilia Ma'an

Unidentified gunmen killed a 75-year-old Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Qalqilia on Tuesday afternoon, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources said that Abdul-Karim Umar was shot by three masked men traveling in a car with Israeli license plates. The attackers then fled the scene.

Umar was from the nearby village of Beit Amin, and was visiting Qalqilia at the time of the shooting.

Miqdad Khattab, Qalqilia's prosecutor, said that the security services do not see a clear motive for the killing at this time.

Israeli occupation forces raid Nablus; kidnap five

Date: 18 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:25
Nablus Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces raided Nablus in the northern West Bank on Tuesday and ransacked several homes before kidnapping five Palestinians, Ma'an's reporter said.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent in Nablus that Israeli occupation forces raided the town of Kafr Qallil south of Nablus as well as Balata and 'Ein Beit Al-Mai refugee camps and several neighborhoods in the old city of Nablus.

Israeli occupation forces raid several West Bank cities
Date: 18 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:10

Bethlehem Ma'an

Israeli occupation forces raided several West Bank cities on Tuesday morning, apprehending 23 Palestinians, who are allegedly activists.

Israeli sources said the army stormed Ramallah and the nearby Al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central West Bank, Bethlehem in the south, Jenin, Qalqilia and Nur Shams refugee camp in the northern West Bank and kidnapped 23 Palestinians.

Ma'an's reporter in Tulkarem quoted Palestinian security sources as saying that 12 Israeli occupation military vehicles stormed Nur Shams refugee camp at 2am and ransacked several homes before arresting four activists, two affiliated to Fateh and two affiliated to Islamic Jihad.

In Bethlehem in the southern West Bank, Israeli occupation forces ransacked the home of Fawwaz Khleif, an Islamic Jihad activist the Israelis have been pursuing for 12 years. The invading Israeli occupation forces fired gunshots and sonic bombs at the house which is close to the Muqata'a (Palestinian security compound), before seizing Khleif.

Khleif is a senior Islamic Jihad leader who was deported to Marj Az-Zuhur in Lebanon in 1992 along with 415 Islamic activists. He has also served a long sentence in Israeli custody.

Arab Knesset member slams Israeli police for indifference to extremists' assault on Jabal Al-Mukabbir

Date: 18 / 03 / 2008  Time:  11:56
Jerusalem Ma'an

Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset Talab Al-Sani', chair of the United Arab List on Monday held the Israeli police responsible for the extremists' aggression on the home of Ala' Abu Dhaim, the man who opened fire in Israeli school in Jerusalem.

Al-Sani' said in a statement that the Israeli police new in advance of the extremists' intention to try to demolish the house, yet police exerted no efforts to stop them.

"Had the assault been conducted by Arab citizens against a Jewish house, the police would have behaved differently, and their hands would have been very quick to pull the triggers and hit dozens," the statement added.

Al-Sani' called on the Israeli minister of public security Avi Dichter to learn from the experience and make sure it is not repeated. He also demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Israeli forces destroy Palestinian house, car, near Jenin

Date: 18 / 03 / 2008  Time:  14:26
Jenin Ma'an

Israeli forces demolished part of a house and blew up a Palestinian civilian car in the West Bank town of Az-Zababda, near the city of Jenin.

Palestinian security sources said that more than 15 Israeli military vehicles raided the town in the early morning, surrounding the town's mosque and catholic church before demolishing sections of a house which owed by Nabil Al-Zuzu, a Palestinian civilian.

The invading troops also ransacked home of Sheikh Fathi Qutait, the Imam of the mosque, damaging his furniture.

As a result of the incursion, clashes erupted between the Israeli troops and Palestinian young people, who pelted the soldiers with stones, while the soldiers fired back using live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and teargas canisters. No injuries or arrests have been reported.


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